December 17, 2018 6:05 PM
It’s the Georgia House race that will never end. Last May, challenger Chris Erwin defeated incumbent Dan Gasaway in a primary election. It turns out, a lot of folks that didn’t live in House District District 28 were given ballots for the race. It was enough to warrant a new election.
After all eligible ballots were counted in the make-up election, held concurrent with the November 6th general election, Erwin was again ahead, but by only two votes.
Today, the re-count to confirm (or overturn) those results was ordered. Press release is as follows:
ATLANTA – Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-495(c)(1), Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden hereby directs the superintendents of Habersham, Stephens, and Banks Counties to recount all of the ballots cast in Georgia House District 28 contest held on December 4, 2018. The recount will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 and continue until completion.
The election superintendents in Habersham, Stephens, and Banks Counties are further directed to manually review by hand, in plain view of the public and designated officials for both candidates, any optical scan ballots in which an overvote is detected for the Georgia House District 28 contest, that contains stray marks that may affect the Georgia House District 28 contest, or that otherwise cannot be processed by the optical scan tabulating machines. These ballots should be reviewed in a manner that is consistent with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-483(f)-(g) and Ga. Comp. R. and Regs. § 183-1-15-.02(3).