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Candidates Ready For Board Race To End

Posted: November 13, 2012 at 2 a.m.

Scott Grigsby and Jim Parsons said Monday they will accept the result of their contest, which remains in question as Benton County election officials await the counting of a handful of overseas and provisional ballots.

At A Glance

Recount Rules

Arkansas law has no provision for an automatic recount in close elections. Arkansas Code section 7-5-319, subsection a, allows candidates to ask for a recount.

(1) Any candidate voted for who may be dissatisfied with the returns from any precinct shall have a recount of the votes cast therein upon the candidate's presenting the county board of election commissioners with a petition requesting the recount.

(2) When the number of outstanding absentee ballots of overseas voters is not sufficient to change the results of the election, the candidate must present the petition no later than two (2) days after the county board declares preliminary and unofficial results of the election, including a statement of the number of outstanding absentee ballots of overseas voters.

(3) When the number of outstanding absentee ballots of overseas voters is sufficient to potentially change the results of the election, the candidate must present the petition at any time before the county board finally completes the canvass of the returns of the election and certifies the result.

Source: Staff Report

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