After more than seven hours in a process to recount several thousand election ballots on Thursday, the results remained the same with Raeshel Flewallen winning the Pottawatomie County Clerk race by seven votes.
Stacie O’Bright-Brown, Shawnee, filed the petition for a recount with the Pottawatomie County Election Board after seven votes separated her from Flewallen in the June 26 election.
Before the recount, election totals were 1,476 votes for Flewallen and 1,469 votes for O’Bright-Brown.
After a meticulous and formal process of a hand recount Thursday, District Judge John Canavan announced Flewallen had 1,477 votes compared to 1,470 votes for O’Bright-Brown.
Through the hand recount process, each ballot was checked and tallies were kept in slates of five. With a courtroom full of witnesses, along with precinct officials, sheriff’s deputies and an assistant district attorney from Oklahoma County, the recount began about 1 p.m. and ended at 8:15 p.m.
After a long day, Flewallen was glad it was all over.
“I’m looking forward to focusing on my job,” Flewallen said.
Flewallen currently works as the First Deputy to County Clerk Nancy Bryce, who didn’t seek re-election so she could retire.
O’Bright-Brown said because of the narrow margin of the race, along with concerns about some technical issues regarding the electronic counting on election night, she felt she needed to seek a recount to be sure, one way or another.
“I still congratulate her and wish her the best,” O’Bright-Brown said late Thursday night. “I feel proud of the race we ran and that it was close.”
O’Bright-Brown, who said, “I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” plans to stay in her position at the district attorney’s office.