Atlanta Mayoral Election Results Become Official, Recount Still Looms

Mary Norwood told reporters after the Fulton count was certified Monday that she planned to ask for a recount in the mayoral runoff race against Keisha Lance Bottoms.
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The results from Atlanta’s mayoral election became official Monday, as both Fulton and DeKalb County election boards certified their results.

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But that still may not mark the end of the race for mayor in Atlanta. The election, which took place last week Dec 5, is now likely headed for a recount.

The new results approved Monday include absentee, military and provisional ballots that were tallied after election night last week. Those increased Keisha Lance Bottoms lead to 832 votes — about 70 more than the uncertified count.

But Bottoms edge remains within 1 percent, which allows Norwood to request a recount. And Norwood maintained she will. The request is expected to come Tuesday, she said.

“We want to review every single vote. We want to review every single issue. I think that is exactly what I need to do for the citizens of Atlanta,” Norwood said.

The recount could happen by Thursday, according to Fulton County elections director Richard Barron, and would take about three hours.

DeKalb and Fulton Counties would upload all of the ballots off their electronic media and simply rerun them. There are no plans to print the ballots to count them by hand.

In a statement Bottoms said she looked forward to naming her transition team.