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Date set for Berkeley County Commission recount

May 24, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission will officially recount the votes in last week's primary election to determine which Republican will move on to the November general election for a spot on the commission.

The recount will begin at 1 p.m. next Thursday in the commission chambers.

The recount was requested by James L. Edwards, who trailed opponent Steve Teufel by eight votes for the Republican nomination after a canvass of the votes was completed.

After the commission completed its canvass, Teufel was leading Edwards 1,231 votes to 1,223.

Edwards, of Hedgesville, W.Va., has requested that all of the 58 precincts be counted, Berkeley County Clerk John Small said.

"One vote makes the difference," Small said.

According to unofficial numbers, 8,207 ballots were cast in the May 14 primary. The total number of registered voters in Berkeley County is 47,479.

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Both Teufel and Edwards posted the $300 bond required for a recount on Wednesday.

Commission attorney Norwood Bentley III said if the cost of the recount exceeds the $300 bonds posted by Teufel and Edwards, and Teufel remains in the lead after the recount, Edwards will have to pay the additional cost.

If Edwards wins the nomination in the recount, Teufel will have to pay the additional cost, Bentley said.

The winner of the recount will face Democrat Butch Pennington of Martinsburg in the Nov. 5 general election.

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