Nonetheless, Cobb Elections Director Janine Eveler agreed to do one in order to instill confidence in the results, after mistakes by election administrators affected dozens of ballots — though not enough to change the outcome.
“We wanted to be transparent and to help the public to be able to see that there is an accuracy to what we do,” Eveler said. “It was an opportunity for us to demonstrate the accuracy of the system.”
The recount was not completely without drama. Eveler said election workers mistakenly left a bag containing half the ballots at the elections warehouse in Kennesaw. That led to a one-hour delay while the second batch was retrieved and delivered to the Marietta conference room where the count was being conducted.
Despite the hiccup, Jimmy Eastham, a leader of the Vinings cityhood campaign, praised Eveler for Monday’s audit. Eastham had requested the recount in light of reports out of DeKalb County that programming errors had caused hundreds of votes to go uncounted in its elections.
“I thought it was well done and transparent,” Eastham said. “I want to express gratitude to Janine for allowing all of us to watch and make sure that the machine count matched the actually recount of the ballots.”
The recount covered only the ballots cast on Election Day at the Cochise Riverview Club, the polling place for the Vinings 04 precinct. Eastham said he chose that precinct because it was the largest in the proposed city limits.
Eastham said cityhood supporters were still considering whether to challenge the election results in court, but Monday’s recount made it “less likely.”
“We got the answer we were looking for,” he said.