Vote count set for Salt Lake County mayor nominees

Jul 10 2012 - 3:14pm

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FILE-In this Jan. 4, 2010 file photo, West Valley City mayor Mike Winder is shown during swearing in ceremony at the West Valley, Utah City Hall. A county board is set to declare a winner in the GOP primary race for Salt Lake County mayor. Winder, who is vying for the slot, believes voters have forgiven him for his brush with notoriety after he admitted to writing flattering news stories about his city under a false name for area publications. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin,File)
FILE-In this Jan. 4, 2010 file photo, West Valley City mayor Mike Winder is shown during swearing in ceremony at the West Valley, Utah City Hall. A county board is set to declare a winner in the GOP primary race for Salt Lake County mayor. Winder, who is vying for the slot, believes voters have forgiven him for his brush with notoriety after he admitted to writing flattering news stories about his city under a false name for area publications. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin,File)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Two GOP candidates for Salt Lake County mayor say they will ask for a full recount if the primary race remains tight Tuesday with the counting of absentee and provisional ballots.

A county elections board will get the latest ballot results at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder was trailing management consultant Mark Crockett by 239 votes on primary election night June 26.

Winder says he'll probably ask for a full ballot recount if he trails Crockett by fewer than 725 votes, adding absentee and provisional ballots.

Crockett also will ask for a full recount if Winder turns the race around but takes the lead by fewer than 725 votes, according to his campaign manager, Randy O'Hara.

Election law allows the underdog to ask for a recount by that margin.

Crockett says voters question Winder's trustworthiness after he admitted to writing flattering stories about his city under a false name for area publications.

Winder believes voters will forgive him.

"I feel great. I am proud of the race we ran. Our team worked incredibly hard," Winder said Tuesday. "We have no regrets there. We'll see what happens."

Members of the Salt Lake County Council, acting as a board of canvassers, will take the latest results from election clerks at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Crockett feels obligated to ask for a recount if the race continues to be tight because his supporters "put sweat equity into the campaign and want to ensure every ballot is counted properly," O'Hara said Tuesday. "It's the proper thing to do."

Crockett says he's the only candidate with business experience. Winder campaigned on a platform of being more aggressive on economic development than incumbent Mayor Peter Corroon, who is not seeking re-election.

The GOP winner will face state Democratic Sen. Ben McAdams in the November election.

A full recount could take until the end of the week, County Clerk Sherri Swenson said Tuesday.

Election clerks will upload memory cards from 1,707 ballot machines, she said. They also will randomly test about 90 of the machines by unspooling paper rolls to manually count the results -- "that's the time consumer."

 

 

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