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Eatonville incumbent wins Seat 4 election by one vote after recount

Eatonville town councilman Tarus Mack is keeping Seat 4 after a recount this week that put him ahead of challenger Marlin Daniels by one vote.

The unofficial election results, which will be certified by the canvassing board Friday, show Mack received 269 votes to Daniels’ 268 votes, according to Orange supervisor Bill Cowles.

On the March 17 election night, it looked like Daniels narrowly ousted Mack with 50.8% of the vote but provisional and mail votes weren’t counted yet.

Daniels posted a victory message on Facebook while Mack did not publicly comment on the initial results.

Cowles said there were six mail ballots from town residents that were either missing a signature or there was no signature match. Those voters had until Thursday at 5p.m. to resolve the issue with affidavits.

Three ballots were returned by the deadline although one resident didn’t cast a vote for the Seat 4 race, he said.

“We recounted each ballot and verified and every number matched,” Cowles said. “That’s where Mack picked up two and Mack went into the lead by one.”

Mack did not immediately comment on the recount. Daniels thanked supporters in a statement and called for unity among town residents.

“Please know that I’ll take what I learned on the campaign trail from this cycle and years past to continue to fight to ensure the highest levels of integrity of elections in this town,” he wrote.

lgarza@orlandosentinel.com

Source: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-eatonville-seat-4-election-recount-20200325-d7ngfjj76ffo5idriz5c5cenmy-story.html