City Council member, and possible mayor elect, Keisha Lance Bottoms seemed to have won the most votes in Atlanta’s mayoral runoff Tuesday, although official results have not been certified. Bottoms beat Mary Norwood by almost 800 votes, and her campaign has already declared victory. Certified results may not be available until the end of the week, but Norwood said she is committed to requesting a recount if the margin turns out to be 1 percent or less. “We’re going to know that every single vote that has been cast is exactly reported out the way that it should be and will be,” Norwood told supporters Tuesday night.
Georgia law lays the groundwork for election recounts. If a recount is requested for this election, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections will conduct it at its election center on English Street.
According to the department, the losing candidate can request a recount within 48 hours after election results are certified.
Afterward, the election superintendent must give each campaign a written notice that a recount will occur.