The magistrate race for Christian County’s 6th District is getting a recount. Judge John Atkins ruled Wednesday that the results of the tight race were to be double-checked.

Incumbent Magistrate Jack Lackey was defeated by Republican challenger Phillip Peterson by only two votes in the original count. With races that close, it is usually customary to perform a recount.

The recount will be Tuesday in Atkins’ court room.

At 9 a.m. officials will sort all absentee ballots, to separate the District 6 votes to be counted. Each district has its own code on the absentee ballots to ease sorting.

Each paper ballot vote will be counted by hand. Out of around 850 absentee ballots in the county, 39 are from District 6.

At 10:15 a.m., deputy clerks will count the in-person votes. All District 6 voting machines are sealed and will be brought into the court room.

The deputy clerks will count the machine votes one by one. They will unseal one machine, count each vote and then move on to the next machine.

The recount is public and on the record.

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