State Rep. Aaron Stiles, who won his race by 18 votes, said Thursday he is prepared to file a recount petition if his Democratic opponent seeks to challenge Tuesday's election results.
“We have the recount petition drafted and the money ready to go in case she files for a recount,” said Stiles, R-Norman. “We'll be right in behind her.”
Stiles won 50.1 percent of the vote in his race with Paula Roberts. With all 11 precincts reporting, Stiles, who was elected to the House in 2010, won by 18 votes out of more than 13,000 ballots cast.
Stiles received 6,786 votes while Roberts, of Norman, got 6,768.
The Cleveland County Election Board meets Friday to review 72 provisional ballots that were cast in the race.
Provisional ballots are cast by voters without the required identification at the polls.
Voters sign a sworn statement and cast a provisional ballot, which is included in the final election tally only if it is determined they are registered to vote in that precinct.
Provisional ballots will not count if they were cast by nonregistered voters.
Roberts has said she is considering filing a recount.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, or two hours after the Cleveland County Election Board meets to review the provisional ballots.
Anette Pretty, assistant executive secretary of the Cleveland County Election Board, said results should be known before 5 p.m.
A recount request would be filed with the state Election Board.
The cost of a recount is $600 for the first 3,000 ballots and $600 for each additional 6,000 ballots as well as an additional $300 to pay for other costs.
A Cleveland County judge would preside over the recount.
The person filing the recount may stop the proceedings if he or she is ahead after any precinct.
The other candidate then has the option to pay a similar amount in order to have the recount continue until all precincts are counted.
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The cost to seek a recount of the House District 45 race is $2,100, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.