People Wonder if House Representative Seat Will be Determined by Recount

By: Alex Zequeira
By: Alex Zequeira

Will long time state representative Joe Carothers call for a recount in last night's general election?

That is the question many have been asking since the results were released Tuesday night, and the difference in votes was within one hundred ballots.

Republican political newcomer, Benjamin Lewis, appears to be the winner of Alabama’s house district 86 seat, with a 95 vote lead over his Democratic opponent Joe Carothers.

"We're very comfortable with the lead we have and we're excited about the new challenges we have ahead of us," said Benjamin Lewis.

The difference in votes is close, but before Lewis officially takes office, provisional and write-in ballots have to be tallied.

Luke Cooley, Houston County’s Probate Judge says, "The board of registrars handles provisional ballots, and we believe there are 31 provisional ballots at this time."

The difference in votes is leading some to think that there may be an automatic recount. In order for there to be an automatic recount paid for by the state, the difference in votes has to be within half of one percent. With a 95 vote lead, Lewis appears to have solidified his victory.

"There are still 31 provisional ballots. Even if my opponent received all 31, that still keeps us above the half a percentage mark," said Lewis.

News 4 did attempt to contact incumbent Joe Carothers, but he was unavailable for comment. In the meantime, Lewis says he is excited about representing Houston County, and plans on working as hard as he can.

"Looking to see if we can get a tax cut for middle class families and try to improve our education system," said Lewis.

As the vote stands now, there will be no automatic recount, and it will be up to Mr. Carothers to decide whether to ask for a recount. If Carothers does ask for a recount, he will have to pay for it out of pocket, and the price of the recount would be determined by the Houston County Commission.


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