Recount begins Sunday in Columbia County for governor, senate, ag commissioner
Razor-thin margins in the Florida governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner races triggered recounts to be ordered Saturday afternoon, sending local election officials into a scramble.
After Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Saturday ordered recounts in those three down-to-the-wire contests, the Columbia County Canvassing Board was set for an 8:30 a.m. meeting on Sunday to begin the task.
Elections Supervisor Liz Horne’s office made a conditional announcement earlier Saturday, saying the meeting would take place if and when Detzner pulled the trigger on the recount.
Detzner also ordered recounts in other races, but local election officials will only look at the governor, senate and agriculture commissioner contests.
State law requires machine recounts when the margins between candidates are 0.5 percent or less. If the results are still within 0.25 percent, a hand recount is conducted on overvotes, undervotes and ambiguous ballots only, said attorney Joel Foreman, who sits on the county’s canvassing board.
“It’s very work intensive,” Foreman said.
See the Lake City Reporter website for an update on Sunday, the first day of recounts.