Crossett Mayoral Candidate Requests Re-count

Hamburg– With 16 votes separating the Crossett mayoral race, challenger Valerie Martin requested a recount.

“I had several of my supporters to contact me, and ask me to do a recount, just to get satisfied, because it was such a close race with 16 votes separating us,” says Valerie Martin, (I) Crossett Mayoral Candidate.

And that’s just what she did; Martin and Mayor Scott McCormick met at the Ashley County Courthouse to get a recount.

“They met with the election commissioners and myself. We went over the ivotronic tapes, which included Election Day, the early vote tapes, the absentee ballots that had been returned,” says Genie Kersten, Ashley County Clerk.

Ashley County Clerk, Genie Kersten, says that Martin paid 100-dollars for the recount.

“He charged her 10-cents per name,” says Genie Kersten, Ashley County Clerk.

After 30 minutes of reviewing the records, the County Clerk and Election Commission reached a decision that Scott McCormick had won the mayoral race.

“No totals were changed. They all came out the same,” says Genie Kersten, Ashley County Clerk.

Martin says with voter counts of 891 to 875, it shows the town of Crossett is divided.

“Basically our town is split in half, and I would hope that the number could speak to Mayor McCormick, and he could work very hard to earn the trust of the people that voted for me, and we could move our city forward in a positive way,” says Valerie Martin, (I) Crossett Mayoral Candidate.

Martin says she feels better about the mayoral race now that votes have been checked twice. She has congratulated McCormick and plans on still being involved in the Crossett community. 

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