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State certifies Craddock as circuit clerk

Published 2:31pm Thursday, November 29, 2012

Patrick Craddock was certified as winner of the Tallapoosa County circuit clerk race Wednesday by the State of Alabama.

Julie Sinclair, a representative with the elections division of the Secretary of State’s office, said that the state canvassing board went through some 250 pages of statewide election results yesterday.

“(Wednesday) afternoon the canvassing board signed the certification verifying that they had viewed and double checked vote numbers,” Sinclair said. “Everything that has been reported has been certified for purposes of triggering the automatic recount.”

Since Craddock did not win by more than one half or one percentage, election law calls for an automatic recount. Craddock’s opponent has 72 hours to waive his right to a recount.

Sinclair said that since the recount is called for by law, the burden of financing the process falls on the government. Since the circuit clerk position  is a state position, the state will pay for the recount.

Now that the elections have been certified, Sinclair said candidates who wish to challenge election results have 20 days to file this motion.

Unlike with automatic recounts, Sinclair said the candidate has to put up a security bond before a recount will proceed.

“They have to put up a bond that would cover the recount,” Sinclair said. “If the recount shows the original results were in errors, the judge can order the burden to be shifted to the county or state.”

Craddock picked up 7,529 votes to Adams’ 7,484. Only 45 votes, or about one fourth of 1 percent, separated the two candidates.