Candidate Stacy Hall of Habersham County has announced his intention to seek a recount in the State Senate District 50 race, which was separated by only a fraction of a percent.
Hall received 12,448 votes to Bo Hatchett’s 12,482 votes.
“With nearly 25,000 total votes cast and only 0.16% difference between the two candidates, it’s reasonable and prudent to request a recount so that all parties involved can be confident in the final count,” a statement issued by Hall Monday reads.
Hall’s statement referred to the provision in Georgia law that provides that when the difference between two candidates in a runoff is less than one half of 1% of the total votes cast, a candidate has the right to a recount of the votes cast.
“Now that the counties have certified their results, my intent is to request a recount as soon as the state certifies the election,” Hall’s statement reads. “This has been a very long election for everyone and I have no desire to drag it out, but with only 40 votes separating us out of nearly 25,000, I think a recount is wise so we can move forward confidently. I appreciate the patience of everyone in the district as we work to ensure confidence in the final results.”
A recount request must be made in writing to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office within two business days following the state’s certification of an election.
District 50 is made up of all or part of the following counties: Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Rabun, Stephens and Towns.