The judicial races for the May 20 election was heated and now has candidiate Todd Murray seeking a recount.
A special meeting of the Phillips County Election Commission will take place today at 1 p.m. in the Phillips County Courthouse. Commissioners will meet to conduct a recount for the judicial nonpartisan election for circuit judge in Sub-District 1.2. Todd Murray requested the recount.
Last week, Murray filed a petition for a recount in St. Francis County after he lost the race for circuit judge, Division 2, Sub-District 1.2 by 199 votes.
Reports from the Forrest City Times Herald say that Murray offered to pay for the recount if necessary. In a letter to the St. Francis County Election Commission, Murray is asking for a recount of all ballots involved in his race against Judge Richard Proctor of Wynne.
In the letter, Murray asks the commission to vote to hold the recount, “in the interest of the public’s confidence in the election process,” was the quote in the Times-Herald.
Murray also said in his request that he would pay for the recount if the commission chose not to pay for it, “unless the outcome of the election is altered by the recount.”
The vote tally showed Proctor receiving 5,529 votes to Murray’s 5,330 votes in St. Francis, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips and Woodruff counties.
Overall, the state Election Commission is reporting that turnout for the May 20 election was light and only a few counties were having reporting troubles.
The Daily World