Smoot still not ready to concede District 2 race - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Smoot still not ready to concede District 2 race

Sheila Smoot. Source: WBRC video Sheila Smoot. Source: WBRC video
Sandra Little Brown. Source: WBRC video Sandra Little Brown. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Sheila Smoot, who lost the election for the Jefferson County District 2 seat to incumbent Sandra Little Brown by 31 votes last week, is still not ready to concede the race.

Smoot is questioning if all of the ballots, included absentee ballots, were counted correctly.

Brown had 50.2 percent of the vote with 3,959 votes and Smoot came in just behind her at 49.8 percent with 3,938 votes.

The provisional ballots are the only votes that haven't been counted yet.

Jefferson County Registrar Barry Stevenson says out of 129 provisional ballots, 60 were deemed to be legitimate. Those 60 votes will be presented on Tuesday to the Jefferson County Election Commission.

Of those 60 provisional ballots, Stevenson says only 14 are from District 2. And out of those 14, 13 of the votes are Democratic and one is Republican.

Smoot says she was never counting on the provisional ballots to be the difference in her winning the election. While she is questioning the vote count, she says any legal challenge to the election will have to come from the voters, not her.

The Jefferson County Election Commission will certify the election Tuesday at noon and include the provisional ballots, which are the only outstanding ballots at this time from registrar's view.

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