CLARKESVILLE – It took the Habersham County Board of Elections all day Monday to complete a second recount in the County Commission District 4 race, but that recount yielded no change in the candidates who will advance to the August runoff.
Incumbent Commissioner Natalie Crawford received 3,608 votes, while challengers Trent Davis and Bruce Harkness were eight votes apart. Monday’s recount determined Harkness (3,089 votes) will advance over Davis (3,081 votes) to the runoff.
“It took us 11 hours to get almost 12,000 ballots rescanned,” said Habersham County Elections Supervisor Laurel Ellison.
There were 467 undervotes in the race and one overvote.
“An undervote is when someone does not vote for anyone in that race,” Ellison said. “And on an overvote, that is where someone voted for two candidates and when that happens no one gets the vote.”
According to the Habersham County Elections and Registration Office, 11,896 of the county’s 27,473 registered voters (43.3%) cast ballots June 9.