The outcome of Smithfield’s District 4 Town Council race remains uncertain; the Johnston County Board of Election will recount the ballots on Monday.
On election night, the race was too close to call: 135 people voted for Roger A. “Chubs” Wood; 133 voted for Carvus Andrew “Andy” Byrd. Byrd asked for the recount, which will take place Monday at the Board of Elections’ satellite office on South Third Street.
While requesting the recount, Byrd was hopeful that two provisional ballots cast on election night would tip him closer to Wood. But those ballots, counted Monday, did not affect the race.
Byrd decided to ask for a recount because the election is so close.
“I’m prepared either way,” he said. “I just appreciate everybody that went and voted.”
Byrd described the wait as a process.
“It seems to be a long drag between the election and the recount,” he said.
Wood said he understands why Byrd asked for a recount.
“If I was in his shoes, I would exactly want it the same way,” he said. “It’s just hard to believe it’s still going another week. It’s just kind of funny; I’ve never seen one last this long.
“We both have a lot of pride in wanting to do the right thing for the community,” Wood said. “As for as how long it’s lasting, again with the recount and stuff, it’s a testament to both of us, how well we were supported from our supporters and throughout the community.”
Leigh Anne Price, supervisor of Johnston elections, said recounts are not uncommon.
Most recently, in 2012, David Rouzer asked for a recount in his congressional race against Mike McIntyre, who edged Rouzer by just a few hundred votes.
In 2007, a Clayton Town Council race ended in uncertainty after 18 county voters mistakenly received town ballots. A second election produced a tie: 247 to 247. The Board of Elections broke the tie by drawing names out of a hat, allowing Alex Harding to beat Art Holder.