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Recounts Likely In Two Close Races

Annie Black

Two races from Tuesday night’s election are still too close to call.

Election officials expect to conduct recounts in those tight races,  the Florida House District 15 contest between Republicans Jay Fant and Paul Renner and Duval County School Board District 2, which would determine whether Sam Hall or Theresa Graham will head into a runoff election with Scott Shine.

“Recounts are rare,” said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. “ We’ve only done one in the last nine years. This is the first time we’ve had two at the same time.”

He said reviewing the undervotes can be tricky and will take the most time.

“The undervotes are the ballots that were cast without a vote being registered,” Holland said. “And we’ve got to determine if - in those ballots - was there an indication that the voter circled the candidate instead of checking them off or did something like that.”

Holland hopes to announce the winners on Friday afternoon.

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Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.