Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent says Republican Vern Buchanan's 368-vote win over Democrat Christine Jennings in the 13th Congressional District is headed for a recount.
Dent said her workers ran a great election and she did not know the exact causes of a 18,000-vote difference between the total number of ballots cast in Sarasota and those cast in the race for district 13.
Dent said the undervote most likely was caused by voters overlooking the race because of the way the ballot was laid out. She is confident the machines worked properly. And she says the voters need to be pro-active.
“We can’t do anything when voters walk away and decide they have a problem, we need to know about the problem when we can take care of the problem."
Dent said she received reports from both Jennings and Buchanan supporters that the machines did not register votes for the house race.
The manual recount will should be complete by November 18th.
She encouraged voters who had problems to report them to her office, but didn’t know what they would be able to do.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00
DentWritten by WGCU Newsroom