Claudette Smith formally requests recount in Amarillo mayoral race

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Mayoral candidate Claudette Smith has formally submitted a petition to the City Secretary’s office on May 4th to recount the votes in the race.

Smith said she’s making the request due to the number of people reaching out to her asking about the results and integrity of the election.

Smith said nearly 3000 people contacted her with concerns.

“I think the way a lot of citizens are seeing it, at least what they are telling me, is that the incumbent missed the runoff by four percent, which is approximately 800 votes, so I think their concern is about a number of things that happened throughout the election and I think they feel a recount would change the outcome and cause a runoff, I’m not sure,” said Smith.

In that election, Smith received 29% of the vote, while incumbent Mayor Ginger Nelson won the race with 54% of the vote.

CandidateVotesPercent
GINGER NELSON10,92254.0%
CLAUDETTE SMITH5,86129.0%
MICHAEL HUNT3,05615.1%
CARL KARAS3731.8%

Smith alleged that numbers from the County Elections Administration office don’t add up to the final vote count.

“I think there is a discrepancy as to the list of the voters that voted and the final count,” said Smith.

We contacted the Texas Secretary of State Office about any complaints regarding this election and we have not heard back.

Smith said she has not paid the deposit yet for the recount.

“I know it’s going to be a little costly, but I’m willing to afford that cost because I think it should be done,” added Smith.

The City of Amarillo said Smith’s request is being processed by the City Secretary’s office.

Richard Herman, who ran for Amarillo City Council Place 4 said that he planned to request a recount in his race as well, but the City of Amarillo said that they have only received one petition for a recount, that being Smith’s.


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