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Recount shrinks Mickles win
Bobby Gary
Bobby Gary
Ballot variations initiated a recount in the Kershaw County Council District 1 race Wednesday, allowing Willie Mickle’s win to be confirmed, but by a smaller margin, while also drawing concern and frustration from incumbent Councilman Bobby Gary. According to Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson, the ballot variation affected absentee votes and likely occurred due to differences in the spelling of Gary’s name in the balloting software. All absentee votes in the race, Watson said, were split into two ballot styles, but the programmable electronic ballots (PEBs) used to upload voting data from polling machines likely experienced a problem due to the spelling variations.