HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE 1:30 PM: Hoover City Clerk Margie Handley says the results are the same after a recount of the ballots.
They brought in seven machines and seven staffers to feed ballots into the machines; it started at 7 a.m. and ended at noon. Total ballots counted were 13,801.
Handley says DeLuca called to congratulate Middlebrook after learning the results of the recount.
ORIGINAL: A Hoover City Council candidate wants to make sure everything was tallied correctly after he lost by only five points.
Jason DeLuca has requested the city clerk’s office recount the nearly 13,000 ballots cast in the municipal election to make sure there were no errors.
DeLuca was five points shy of beating out Casey Middlebrooks for city council place 6.
DeLuca had to pay the city $3,800 for the recount. If the outcome changes, the city will foot the bill.
In a phone conversation with DeLuca, he says he made to decision to request a recount once he found out this week’s provisional vote count.
“Last week when it was at nine it was something that was a possibility, but I really wasn’t sure and then when it came from 9 to 5 that was really the tell sign for me,” DeLuca said.
When asked what he thought about the recount, Middlebrooks said he completely understood why DeLuca requested the recount.
“I’m convinced we’re going to have great representation whether it’s me myself of Mr. DeLuca we both want what’s best for the city and we just want to represent Hoover,” Middlebrooks said.
Both candidates were surprised to learn Alabama law doesn’t require an automatic recount in municipal elections.
“You think an automatic recount would be helpful just so that way it’s not on one candidate or the other to ask it and to fundraise for it or put money down for it,” DeLuca said.
The recount began at city hall at 7a.m. Friday morning. The city clerk is unsure how long the process will take since they’ve never had to do it before.