Right to Farm Recount

The Secretary of State has started a recount of the vote on the Right to Farm Amendment that was narrowly approved by voters earlier this month. The amendment passed with a vote margin of one quarter of one percent of the nearly one million votes cast. State law provides for a state-paid recount if the voting difference is half of a percent or less. With over 58 percent voting in favor of the amendment here in Franklin County, the margin was much less. County Clerk Debbie Door expects it to take about two days to recount almost 21 thousand Franklin County ballots. Her office has filed an ‘exemption of procedures’ with the Secretary of State’s office to avoid separating the ballots down party lines to save some time on the recount. Door says this is only the second time in her twelve years with the clerk’s office there has been a statewide recount. The recounts around the state need to be submitted by September 11th and the Sectary of State expects to certify the results by September 15th.