Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Recount Underway

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Judge Alan King says Lynneice Washington won with 36,744 votes. Incumbent Bill Veitch got 36,445 votes.

Only 284 votes separated the two. Judge King says the votes will be recertified Friday by noon.

ORIGINAL: People in Jefferson County will know for sure who their Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney will be after Thursday’s recount.

The results will likely push Republican Incumbent Bill Veitch out of his seat. Just 284 votes separated Veitch from Democratic Lynneice Washington.

Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King says the recount could take 6-8 hours.

“Both major political parties will have representatives there and they’re part of our effort for transparency and that’s been done, said King.

There have been several recounts in Jefferson county since 2004 when the automatic recount legislation went into effect.

King says he doesn’t anticipate the results changing.

“No recount in the state of Alabama, no election in the state of Alabama has ever had the results changed because of a recount that’s the history,” said King.

Washington, who’s the current presiding judge in Bessemer, would be the first black woman to be district attorney in Alabama and the first black lawyer to be a district attorney in Jefferson County.

Washington says she’s looking forward to getting to work after Thursday’s recount.

“I look at this as a formality, I am the District Attorney-elect for the Bessemer Cutoff Division in Jefferson County and I’m looking forward to just serving the people,” said Washington.

CBS42 reached out to Veitch for comment but did not hear back from him in time for this story.


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