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Recount Scheduled for Dav. Mayoral Race

A recount begins on Monday for one of the races from this week's city primary election in Davenport. Thursday afternoon the Scott County Board, first officially certified Tuesday's results, then approved a recount for the mayoral race. 

Dan Portes requested the recount after finishing third, and not qualifying for the November ballot. But he's just eight votes behind Rita Rawson - a difference of only two-tenths of one per cent.

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz says finishing within one per cent allows Portes to ask for a recount.

"I have faith in the voting equipment - I think it's people who make mistakes. And so the likelihood is it could take them a couple of times because they may be off one or two and they'll have to re-start again. Whereas, my experience with the machines is that once we do it, it automatically comes up the same way. "

He's asked for a hand recount of all the votes for mayor last Tuesday - about 6,500 in all - so Moritz estimates it will take about two days.

Each of the two candidates, Rawson and Portes, have chosen a judge, then the two judges picked a third judge, and the three judges will recount the ballots, with help from the auditor's office. 

The vote totals are slightly higher than the numbers announced Tuesday night - that's because absentee ballots could be received as late as noon Thursday and still be counted as long as they were mailed on time. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.