The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 15, 2013

Recount in Whitakers

Two votes shy, Vinson requests a closer look


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Candidate Jessica Vinson has requested a recount for the Whitakers commissioner race.

Vinson was one of six candidates vying for three seats. She fell two votes shy of tying George Wright for the third position. Incumbent Doris Lindsey received the majority of votes (92) while Frances Lynch collected 84.

The election process allows candidates who lose by 1 percent of the votes to request a ballot recount. Vinson's request will begin 2 p.m. today in room 434 of the Edgecombe County Administration Building.

Jerry Spruell, director, Edgecombe County Board of Elections, said the ballots will be hand-counted for the final official tally. The process is open to the public.

Conetoe's commissioner race also ended with two candidates separated by at less than 1 percent of the votes. Incumbent Jesse Pettaway squeaked by Incumbent Leon Wynn by two votes to earn the last of four commissioner seats. Wynn did not request a recount. Candidates had until 5 p.m. Thursday to request the process.

Milton Goff Jr. collected the highest vote total  (71) while Johnny Respass received 61 and Wilson Jones 58.

The election was officially canvassed Tuesday. Spruell said the election board did not find any disparities in any of the races, therefore the winners are official with the exception of the one Whitakers seat.

There were several other close races, but none of them fell in the 1 percent rule.

In Tarboro, Othar Woodard won by eight votes (111-93) over incumbent Gerrelene Walker in a three-way race, and Pamela Ransome eased by incumbent Calvin Sherrod by 18 votes in Princeville.