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Primary recount Monday


September 6, 2012
LISA M. HOFFMANN - Staff Writer ( , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - A recount of the primary election for Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney and the 108th District State Representative will be held at Bay College in Iron Mountain on Monday.

Julie LaCost, candidate for prosecuting attorney, narrowly lost to Lisa Richards, assistant prosecuting attorney in the Republican primary election on Aug. 7.

Richards received 1,266 votes to 1,225 for LaCost.

Dickinson County Clerk and Register of Deeds Dolly Cook noted that's a difference of 41 votes.

LaCost petitioned the Dickinson County Board of Canvassers for a recount of all 17 precincts in Dickinson County on Aug. 10.

The Republican winner will face Democrat Dan Anderson in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Cook had said that there were several spoiled ballots because area residents voted in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. In a primary, residents can only vote for candidates in one party.

Cook said the last time there was a recount for prosecuting attorney was in 1996 when Jeff Poupore received 54 more votes than Jay Finch.

There was no change in the recount, and Poupore served as prosecuting attorney.

A recount in the Democratic primary for Michigan's 108th District State Representative seat will be held in Dickinson and Delta counties.

Judy Nerat, D-Wallace, did not request a recount in Menominee County, which is part of the 108th District.

Sharon Gray, D-Rapid River, received 739 votes to Judy Nerat's 770 votes in Dickinson County.

Votes will be recounted beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday in the Fornetti Room of Bay College in Iron Mountain.

In Delta County, Gray received 2,911 votes to Nerat's 2,818 votes.

The winner of the 108th District recount will face incumbent Rep. Ed McBroom R-Vulcan, in November.

Cook said a recount is occurring this month because the state canvass board met on Aug. 24.

"Nerat had two days to request a recount after the canvass board met. Gray had seven days to ask for a recount," Cook said. "We couldn't open the boxes until the state said so."

Dickinson County residents use AccuVote to cast their ballots.



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