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Higher Turnout, No Recount in Bartow City Election


Last updated 4/10/2020 at 2:18pm

Chart by Drew Crawford

Due to the fact that Steve Githens outpolled Trish Burdin-Pfeiffer by a scant 12 votes, the question has been raised whether there will be a recount.

According to Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards, in a statement released to Bartow, no recount is mandated. "Florida law requires a recount if the difference between candidates is one-half a percent or less of the votes cast in that race. In the instance of the Bartow City Commission seat 4 contest the difference is a little more than one-half a percent, so no recount will be conducted."

Despite the coronavirus scare, turnout was 20 percent higher this year than in 2019. A total of 1,984 cast votes in the 2020 Bartow city election, up 20 percent from the 1,649 who voted in 2019. Turnout was 1,576 voters in 2018, 1,030 in 2017, and 1,262 in 2016.


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