LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –The votes were tallied again for the race for the Ward 7 City Council seat.
The original outcome of the election had Jesse Cross beating Sherene L. Williams, 182-180. After the recount, the result was the same. Cross will now head to the runoff election against V. Gay F. McGahee in April.
Comanche County Election Board Secretary Amy Sims says this is the final count, and it has been certified.
"Because it shows how accurate our machines are and the precinct workers and how they do what they are supposes to do," Sims said.
Each ballot is read allowed by a counter, checked by a "stacker" and then the vote is recorded by two talliers. The watchers, who can be the candidate themselves or a representative, watch this process and contest a ballot they don't agree with.
One ballot had two candidates marked. It was contested and the board ruled that it would not be counted. If that ballot went through a voting machine, it would not be counted.
Williams requested a manual recount, which involves people checking and double checking every ballot that comes through. Even after the recount, the final result didn't change.
"I owe it to my supporters to have the recount, because when you have an election that close, we are talking about a difference originally of Mr. Cross's 181 votes and I had 180 votes, but then the provisional vote surfaced and gave him just two votes difference. I just like to say I owed it to my supporters to have that recount, so that everybody can be eased. Their minds to be at ease," Williams said.
Williams says she wishes the best of luck to the other candidates.
"I didn't have any doubts. The people voted, the machine counted, so I didn't have any doubts of the outcome," Cross said.
Cross mentioned the low voter turnout for the Feb. 9 election, and just wants everyone to come out and vote in the runoff on April 5.