MOULTRIE -- Judy Alderman, who lost last week's runoff for Colquitt County Probate Judge, is asking for a recount.
Colquitt County Elections Superintendent Aileen Gay said the recount will occur at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, but with the new computerized election machines, the odds don't stack up in Alderman's favor.
Attorney Wes Lewis won the runoff by a nose. With only a 10-vote margin, Alderman came within less than 1 percent behind Lewis, thus entitling her to a recount according to Georgia law.
The recount will be confined to the nonpartisan probate judge race, Gay said. Election staff will upload the memory cards again and recount optical scan absentee ballot and compare the results to what was counted Aug. 10.
"Once that information is burned into a memory card, it should be secured and retained in that memory card. The only variance I could possibly see is in the scanning of the optical scan ballots," the probate judge said.
There were 113 absentee votes cast in the runoff election using the optical scan cards.
The runoff's final count was 1696 to 1686. Lewis carried only four out of the county's 19 physical precincts. He also led in absentees by 11 votes out of 457 votes.
Lewis' success in carrying nearly 68 percent of the county's largest precinct, the Moultrie precinct, secured his victory. Alderman, however, carried the next largest precinct, Shaw precinct, with more than 55 percent.
The probate judge race originated as a four-candidate race in the July primary.