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Vote recount underway; could affect judge, clerk, commission races

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By Damon Lawrence

Approximately 1,300 votes from the Harriman early voting site were not included in Thursday night's unofficial election returns.

That has the potential to impact the outcome of multiple races, including 9th Judicial District circuit court judge, Roane County circuit court clerk, Roane County Commission Districts 2 and 6 and Harriman City Council.

“Basically what's happened is that during the recording of all the votes, we have 29 mobile ballots that we have to get our total, and during that process one of the mobile ballots did not get recorded,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said early Friday afternoon.

“The card was there — it just didn't get passed to the person that was putting it in the computer or whatever to record those votes,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The votes from Harriman early voting site have not been counted is what it boils down to.”

Holiway said his office contacted the State Election Commission and the Tennessee Attorney General's Office for direction on how to remedy the situation.

A recount is expected to get underway at the Roane County Election Commission Office around 1 p.m.

Candidates who could be impacted are being asked to attend.

“We're telling them they can be here or a representative, and at 1 o'clock we're going to run a copy of what we gave them last night and then we're going to zero out the database,” Holiway said. “Then we're going to put in one card at a time, and after each card is put in, we're going to run a cumulative total. Anybody here, we will run copies for them to have to show that there is an increase in number of voters so that card is being read.

“We’ll go through this for all 30 cards.”