Updated: 8:46 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 | Posted: 4:58 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
No runoff for Fulton sheriff after recount
Fulton County elections officials have completed a recount after some questionable numbers in the county's turnout percentages and a very tight race for sheriff.
According to the results of the recount, there will not be a runoff for sheriff, but candidate Richard Lankford said before the votes were tallied he would be unsatisfied with the outcome. Based on the recount, incumbent Ted Jackson earned 50.05 percent of the vote. Lankford earned 32.46 percent.
"I have no belief in this system. I do not seriously believe that the recount using the same system that messed up so many numbers is going to yield any different results that what we've seen at this point," Lankford said.
Lankford requested the recount, but said he is already skeptical of the outcome, because officials are using the same system. The system took the county six days to certify its vote count, which came out with questionable voter turnout percentages, including a 3,300 percent turnout for one precinct.
"If you cannot trust the voting process once you become a candidate, there's no reason to run for office at this point," Lankford said.
Channel 2's Lori Geary spent the day at the Fulton Election Prep Center in northwest Atlanta as officials worked to confirm final numbers. The Secretary of State's Office also sent investigators to observe the recount, which includes more than 6,000 absentee and provisional ballots.
Lankford said, based on the original count, he was 37 votes shy of a run-off against Jackson. He said he is not giving up, even after the recount numbers are tabulated.
"We're going to object to the Secretary of State's Office. We're going to object to the U.S. Department of Justice. If we have to, we're going to have to move to have the recount thrown out and possibly void the whole election," Lankford said.
A representative for Jackson's campaign also spent the day observing the recount.