ATLANTA, GA – Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp ordered a recount of all ballots cast in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties in the July 26 Democratic primary run-off election for state Senate District 43. Dorothea “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler requested a recount this morning after losing by ten votes to Tonya Anderson.
“In Georgia, a losing candidate can request a recount if it is submitted in writing to the office’s Elections Division within two business days after certifying election results, which occurred on August 5,” stated Secretary Kemp. “To request such a recount, the difference in ballots cast for the top two vote-getters cannot be more than 1%.”
There were 8,542 total ballots cast in the SD 43 Democratic run-off race. Anderson received 50.06% with 4,276 votes compared to Dawkin-Haigler’s 4,266 votes.
County elections officials will conduct the recount between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Individuals can find certified results for the July 26 run-off races through the Elections Division’s website.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, visit our website at www.sos.ga.gov. Follow Secretary Kemp for agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.