Oklahoma County sheriff's race candidate seeks recount after loss

Darrell Sorrels filed paperwork and a $25,800 deposit, requesting a manual recount of Oklahoma County sheriff's race. Sorrels lost the race to incumbent Sheriff John Whetsel.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: November 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm •  Published: November 10, 2012
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Sheriff's candidate files for recount

The losing candidate for Oklahoma County sheriff is asking county election officials to count the votes again.

Darrell Sorrels, a former sheriff's deputy who works as a contract security officer for the U.S. Marshals Service, filed papers Friday seeking a manual recount of the race results.

Sorrels, 58, of Midwest City, also put up a $25,800 deposit to cover the costs of the recount.

Incumbent John Whetsel beat Sorrels, 163,839 to 89,353, according to the county election board.

“We just want to use our minds and make sure the voting was accurate,” said Steve Long, who manages the Sorrels campaign. “If it turns out it was accurate, then we'll concede.”

The manual recount, which will include all ballots cast at county precincts, as well as absentee ballots, is scheduled to start Nov. 14.

Doug Sanderson, secretary of the Oklahoma County Election Board, said any candidate has the right to file for a recount.

So long as the recount is completed in full, the candidate who requested the recount is required to pay its cost, win or lose, Sanderson said.

ZEKE CAMPFIELD, Staff Writer


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