Williams requests recount in city election

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 14, 2008 - The ballots from Saturday's Sulphur Springs City Council election will be recounted, according to City Secretary Gale Roberts.

The count following the election showed incumbent Yolanda Porter Williams finishing six votes behind Charles Oxford, 227 votes to 233 votes.

Oxford received 117 votes Saturday and 116 during early voting. Williams garnered 94 early votes and 133 Saturday.

With the race so tight that every vote does indeed carry a significant voice, Williams talked to city officials regarding what steps would be required in order for her to request the ballots be recounted. She was told she'd have to file a petition and put up a deposit. Certain committee members who did not participate in Saturday's election would have to be enlisted to do the counting. Staff from the office of the county clerk, the official elections officer for Hopkins County, also will be called upon to assist with retrieving electronic balloting information, according to the city secretary.

The incumbent, who currently serves as mayor, has indeed requested a recount, taking the proper steps necessary for the votes to again be counted.

The recount for Place 7 on Sulphur Springs City Council is slated to begin at 2 p.m. today at the clerk's office, and results should be completed by late afternoon.

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