Washington County Judge Candidate Will Not Seek Recount

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM)- Washington County Judge candidate Jeff Williams said he has decided not to seek a recount after losing to incumbent Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards by about 1,000 votes in the election on Tuesday's (Nov. 4).

Williams, the current county assessor, said he met with the election commissioner and members of her staff on Thursday (Nov. 6) morning to discuss the outcome of the election. After Tuesday's results, Williams said he was concerned the votes in his race may not have been accurate because of problems at the Washington County Election Commission.

On the first day of early voting on Oct. 20, the electronic machines did not show candidates’ party affiliations. It also took the Election Commission until about 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 5 to release the final results of the Nov. 4 election after polls closed at 7:30 p.m.

"After conferring and looking over all the information and looking at the cards that come out of the [voting] machines, basically every aspect of how the election functions behind the scenes," Williams said. "We were fairly certain that regardless of the small issues with some of the election results, we believe that the election would not have changed if we would have asked for the recount."

Williams said he called Edwards Thursday (Nov. 6) to concede the election and to congratulate her.