NICHOLASVILLE — Johnny Collier defeated Betty Black by three votes in the Nov. 2 election for Nicholasville city commissioner, according to the results of a recount that was certified Thursday.
The final vote tally was 3,473 for Collier and 3,470 for Black. The recount began Monday and ended Thursday morning in the circuit courtroom of the Jessamine County Courthouse.
Black had sought the recount after the initial election tally showed her losing by one vote to Collier. Both were incumbents.
There were seven non-partisan candidates for city commissioner in the general election, and voters could vote for four. The top four vote-getters won election to the commission.
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A recanvass, a machine-by-machine examination of vote totals conducted on Nov. 12, showed that Collier received 3,472 votes and Black received 3,471.
The recount is a more time-intensive, court-ordered procedure that involves counting all the votes again. Black paid a bond of $4,000 last week to cover the cost, as required by law.
The two candidates displayed no hard feelings during the recount process. Black, in fact, brought a vote for Collier to the attention of authorities during the recount process.
Black said she was satisfied with the process.
"It was a great race, and it was a close race," Black said. "I want to congratulate Johnny. I wish him the best for the next two years."
Black said she plans to "run for something" again. "I'll be back," she said.
Collier said, "I'm just glad it's over. It's been a long, trying week. We can go forward now and look forward to two more years serving the city of Nicholasville."
A recanvass is a common procedure, but Jessamine County Clerk Eva McDaniel said there had not been a recount in Jessamine County in her 19 years as clerk.
The recount process is expensive because the four members of the board of elections must be present as well as three people who act as tabulators or counters. In addition, technicians for Harp Enterprises Inc, the Lexington company that provided Jessamine County's voting machines, were present to retrieve the votes from the machines.
All those people must be paid for their time at prescribed rates, which accounts for the cost of the recount.