Race for City Council Ward 4 remains tight, recount likely
The race for Norfolk's Ward 4 seat has been tight and is separated by just two votes as of Thursday.
Incumbent Andrew McCarthy says despite the nerves of the waiting game, going against a candidate just as determined as him makes the process exciting.
"Well, me and Zach have been doing this for a long time starting in the primaries you know, and we've kind of been waiting since the primary. We both moved on and now we have the general," said McCarthy. "Both teams worked really hard, when you have two groups who are really passionate, you kind of expect to have a close race. I mean it's nerve-wracking, but it's also exciting."
On the other end of the race, opponent Zach Steiner said he feels good with how the election process is going, and is happy with the way residents got out to vote this election season.
"I'm at complete peace with everything right now. I think it's been an awesome experience and an awesome opportunity," said Steiner. "The fact that many people got out and voted and that it's this close of a race really lets me know and encourages me that everybody is engaged, they want to know what's going on in their community and they want to make a difference."
While the unofficial tally has McCarthy at 691 votes and Steiner at 689 votes, until provisional ballots are cleared, the race is still up in the air.
Madison County Courthouse Clerk Anne Pruss, says that the margin size would determine the need for a potential recount, according to state statute.
"If there is more than 500 votes the margin of difference between the person not elected and elected has to be 1% or less of the total votes received by the top vote getter," said Pruss.
The ballots will be deemed official and posted after being given to the Canvassing Board.
If a recount is needed, the candidates will be notified and a date and time will be set.
Pruss says that by the end of the next week, she expects to have a better view on where the race stands.