Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 8:10 PM ??? Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 8:13 PM
A recount in the race for Place 20 on Jefferson County Circuit Court gave Julie Palmer an additional 410 votes and a long-awaited victory in the election that took place on Nov. 2.
The automatic recount was held today because the general election vote total put Palmer, a Republican, and Agnes Chappell, a Democrat, within one-half of 1 percent of each other. The count that the county and state certified after the election had the two candidates 245 votes apart, out of some 205,000 ballots cast.
Today's recount gave Palmer a 655-vote lead. She wound up with 102,985 votes, or 50.16 percent. Chappell ended up with 102,330 votes, or 49.84 percent.
The county canvassing board will meet Wednesday at 10 a.m. to certify the recount, then send the results to the state canvassing board for certification.
"I feel wonderful," said Palmer, who will take office on Jan. 17. "It is going to be a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have lots to be thankful for."
Chappell could not be reached for immediate comment. Previously, she said she would accept the recount results.
Palmer will preside over divorce cases filed countywide when she takes office.
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