GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The race to become the Kent County commissioner for the 13th District is now going into overtime.
An initial count of votes indicated longtime District 13 Commissioner Richard Vander Molen, a Republican, took 6,838 votes while Democratic challenger Michael Johnston was originally thought to have received 6,843 and independent Judith Kapteyn took 847.
But that first count now appears incorrect.
In a retabulation of votes, Vander Molen was leading Johnston by 32 votes as of Nov. 12, according to County Clerk Mary Hollinrake.
But now, Johnston requested a recount.
The recount will take place beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the Kent District Library's Kentwood branch, 4950 Breton Avenue SE. All the ballots cast will be re-run through an electronic tabulator.
Hollinrake believes the count may change by a few votes, "but will not flip by dozens of votes."
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.