A recount will take place Friday in the razor-thin Tavares City Council race in which Mayor Troy Singer was the apparent winner over Walter Price by seven votes out of 2,605 cast, Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays said.
By law a recount is triggered automatically when the margin of victory is a half percent or less. The margin in the Seat 4 contest is 0.26%, “thus the recount is mandated by state law,” Hays said Wednesday.
Singer received 1,306 votes to Price’s 1,299 Tuesday, according to the election night tally.
The recount will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office.
The recount is open to public observation, Hays said.
At one point Tuesday night the tally on the supervisor’s website showed Price leading by one vote.
“We were pretty excited when we thought we had won,” he said.
But after a final batch of vote-by-mail ballots were counted Price trailed Singer.
Price said he’s hopeful the recount will flip the result.
“It would only take four votes from him to me to win it, so anything’s possible,” Price said. “Hopefully, it will work out my way.”
During the campaign, Price said he would being fiscal conservatism to the council and criticized Singer for early stances on a proposed $27 million performing arts center.