ATLANTA —Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s Democrat challenger has filed an official request for a recount with state election officials.
Carolyn Bourdeaux says the razor-thin margin in the race for the 7th District seat deserves a second count.
Forsyth County Director of Voter Registrations and Elections Director Barbara Luth said on Tuesday her office would start recounting votes at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Official results, certified by the Georgia secretary of state Saturday, show Bourdeaux trailing Woodall by 419 votes out of 280,411 cast.
Georgia law allows a recount if the margin between the candidates is 1 percent or less.
Bourdeaux says she is asking that all paper ballots, such as absentee and provisional ballots, are counted by hand and that observers be allowed to monitor.
Forsyth County had 66,101 ballots cast for the race, of which 3,511 were absentee and 48 were provisional.
The Georgia secretary of state's office says their legal team is reviewing the request.
Woodall's campaign said the recount request was expected and "certainly is not alarming."
Brian Paglia and Kelly Whitmire contributed to this report.