Recount in State House District 29 primary shows fewer votes, same result

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida. – Recounts in the very thin primary races for State House District 29 and Ponce Inlet City Council Seat 4 resulted in no change in either end result and the sorting of a handful of votes for GOP candidates, Volusia County Elections Supervisor Lisa Lewis announced Friday.

Although both races were re-evaluated with an automatic recount, Lewis said a manual recount was also conducted in the District 29 race. The automatic recount was ordered due to the fact that the margins in both races were less than or equal to 0.5% of total votes, and manual recounts are incentivized to throw over/under votes when the results of an automatic recount show less than 0.25% margin of defeat, according to Lewis.

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Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis recounted the votes Friday for State House District 29 and Ponce Inlet City Council Seat 4.

Preliminary results from the District 29 race indicated that Rep. Webster Barnaby received 7,454 votes (50.09%) while Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff received 7,428 (49.91%). After Friday’s recounts, in which more than 15,000 ballots were reshuffled, Lewis said Barnaby received 7,450 votes (50.11%) and Fetterhoff 7,420 (49.89%), four and four respectively. eight votes less.

“These results demanded a recount since Mr. Barnaby and Ms. Fetterhoff were 0.18% apart,” Lewis said in a statement.

Rep. Barnaby will face Democrat Rick Karl in the November general election. He posted a statement on Facebook Saturday morning addressing Volusia County voters, who he said honored him with their support and deserved his representation.

For Ponce Inlet Seat 4, election night results showed David Israel received 813 votes (49.82%) and Joe Villanella received 819 (50.18%); according to Lewis, the tabs for Israel or Villanella remained the same in the recount.

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“Although the process was tedious and time consuming, I am pleased to present the results which could not have been achieved without the dedicated members of the solicitation committee and my staff. I also want to thank the candidates for their patience during the recount,” Lewis said in a statement.

District 29 represents most of Volusia County, including DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen, and Osteen. Fetterhoff once represented a neighborhood that stretched from Daytona Beach and South Daytona west to DeLand and Orange City. The Barnaby neighborhood, meanwhile, stretched from Oak Hill south of New Smyrna Beach to Deltona, Orange City, and DeBary.

The new District 29, however, encompasses much of central Volusia County. It includes DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen and Osteen. The rest of Volusia County is in Districts 27, 28, and 30.

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