Defeated city council candidate gets recount

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The final count for one city council race will come down to the wire after the candidate who lost asked for a recount. It’s set to happen Tuesday morning.

Laura Pressley was a candidate in District 4 and initially filed for a recount of the votes on Friday. She had to submit a final petition and a hefty deposit of $13,600 to the city clerk’s office before 5 p.m. Monday.

Her opponent Greg Casar won the race by about 1,300 votes, which translated to a 30 percent victory.

Pressley wants a hand count of the ballot, saying the electronic system and mail-in ballots were inaccurate and counted some votes twice.

“It’s important to have our votes counted, and counted only once,” she said. “And we found these issues, and so I think it’s important to correct that. It’s not just a District 4 issue, it’s a county-wide issue.”

Casar said he wasn’t surprised by the move for a recount and isn’t worried.

“I’m, you know, very confident that the results were correct, and so I’m not worried or scared about those results being double checked at all.”

Pressley was able to use money left over from her campaign finances to cover the recount costs. She says up to 90 percent of it will be refunded after the recount.

The recount will take place Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. ahead of the swearing in of the new mayor and council members.

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