A recount will take place next week in a special state House district election where the margin of victory was three votes.
Republican Katie Henke, who lost this week's House District 71 race in Tulsa, sought the recount Friday, the last day to make such a request.
“I owe it to the district, I owe it to my supporters,” Henke said. “Three votes — that's such a small margin. There's always room for error. I think it will be good for everyone's peace of mind.”
The recount is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Tulsa County Courthouse. A judge will preside over the recount, which will be conducted by the Tulsa County Election Board.
Henke requested a manual recount instead of running the ballots again through an electronic scanner.
Henke received 1,413 votes in the special election; Democrat Dan
The margin of victory didn't change Friday after Tulsa County election officials opened six provisional ballots.
Two were for Henke, two were for Arthrell and two were disqualified. The unofficial tally now is 1,418 votes for Arthrell and 1,415 votes for Henke.
Provisional ballots are cast by voters without the required identification; they sign a sworn statement and cast a provisional ballot, which, if it is determined they are registered to vote in that precinct, will be included in the final election tally.
Henke also submitted $900 to pay for Wednesday's recount.
Henke needs to have a net gain of four votes to change the election's outcome. If she picks up three votes, the election would be tied and the state Election Board would conduct a drawing to determine the winner; that has occurred occasionally in county races but rarely in legislative or statewide contests.
The results of the recount will remain unofficial until the state Election Board meets to certify them.
The board likely will meet the week after the recount because the Election Board will be handling the filing for federal and state offices, which is set for the last three days of next week.
The special election for the House District 71 post was necessary after Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Tulsa, resigned in December to become chief executive officer of the Grand River Dam Authority.
Senate election to be certified
The state Election Board will meet as scheduled Tuesday to certify the results of this week's special Senate District 20 election. Republican Ann “A.J.” Griffin, of Guthrie, won 3,049 votes, or 79.1 percent of the vote, over the Democrat, the Rev. Magnus Scott Sr., of Langston, who got 807 votes, or 20.9 percent, according to unofficial results.