Friday, June 01, 2012

TOP STORY >> Challenger gets recount

The Pulaski County Election Com-mission will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday to recount votes at the request of Jacksonville judge candidate Marshall Nash, who lost by four votes.

“I’m still hopeful,” Nash said after the Pulaski County Election Commission’s meeting Friday. “It’s so close. Human error, computer error, anything could happen.”

No absentee overseas ballots arrived by Friday’s deadline as Nash had hoped.

According to the unofficial primary results, District Judge Robert Batton won the election by five votes, but that dropped to four after a review.

Election commissioner Susan Inman said last week the lead changed after the board reviewed ballots that were challenged because questions were raised about voter eligibility. Nash received one more vote after the review. The final tally was 1,113 votes for Batton and 1,109 for Nash.

After he serves this four-year term, Batton plans to retire after 40 years on the bench.