LOGAN, W.Va. — Following a recount of eight Logan county precincts, Joshua Butcher was certified as the winner of the circuit judge race he waged against the appointed incumbent Douglas Witten.
Election totals had brought the two contestants within 59 votes of each other, and Witten requested a recount of several precincts.
Overall, precincts one, two, four, 45a and 45b where recounted.
Only precinct one was manually recounted, however, totals listed on voting machine paper trails were compared to the official canvas totals for the remaining precincts.
For each precinct that was recounted or rechecked, the voter rolls matched numbers from the official canvas, and neither candidate gained or lost a single vote in the recount process.
After the certification, Butcher noted, “I am happy to see the will of the voters was upheld.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]