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Edwards to ask for recountof commission primary vote

May 22, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Berkeley County Commission candidate who lost his Republican primary election bid by eight votes has asked for a recount.

James L. Edwards, of Hedgesville, W.Va., said Tuesday he plans to fill out the necessary paperwork today at the Berkeley County Courthouse and pay the required $300 bond for a recount.

Edwards trailed Republican nominee Steve Teufel of Martinsburg by eight votes after the Berkeley County Commission completed its canvassing of votes Monday. Teufel is leading Edwards 1,231 to 1,223.

"Jimmy's got the right to do what is in his best interest," Teufel said. "Jimmy needs to do what Jimmy needs to do."

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The recount cannot occur sooner than three days after all parties involved are notified of the recount, said County Clerk John Small.

The recount will "most likely be in the first week of June," Small said.

The tally clerks, who document the votes while the Board of Canvass - comprised of the county commission members - calls the votes out, are supplied by the candidates who request the recount or by the clerk's office.

If the clerk's office supplies the tally clerk, the candidates involved in the recount must reimburse the county.

During the recount, the candidates can stand behind the commissioners while they recount the ballots to ensure accuracy.

The Republican candidate will face Democrat Butch Pennington of Martinsburg, in the Nov. 5 general election.

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