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Shore-Smith wins Tobaccoville seat after second recount

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Tobaccoville Village Council candidate Lori Shore-Smith (left) watches as Forsyth elections worker Jacob Wright calls out votes during a recount. (Meghann Evans/Journal)

TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. — A second recount for a seat on the Tobaccoville Village Council negated an earlier blind draw and declared Lori Shore-Smith the winner.

Both recounts confirmed that Shore-Smith gained a vote from election night, but a second recount showed that Steve Wood did not gain a vote.

Wood was stripped of last Friday’s blind draw victory that broke a tie after the first recount.

He has 24 hours to file a protest. Wood said after the meeting that he had not decided what he will do.

The Forsyth County Board of Elections called for a second recount after discovering that the ballot total from election night and the first recount did not match up.

A successful second recount indicated that the extra vote in the first recount was probably the result of human error.

By Meghann Evans/Winston-Salem Journal

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