Lee County recount is under way; other counties starting later

LEE COUNTY,  Ala. (WTVM) - Lee County election officials are recounting votes in the Alabama Republican primary for governor this morning. Judge Bill English expects it will take election workers all day to run thousands of ballots through the voting machines. News Leader 9 will have your latest numbers tonight.

Tim James asked for the recount, after finishing 167 votes behind Robert Bentley.  James is paying for the recount, some estimate it will cost him around $300,000.  One of the two will move on to face Bradley Byrne in the July 13th runoff.

Some counties will begin tomorrow recounting ballots,  others began recounting Tuesday.    According to the Associated Press, the first day of a statewide recount in the republican primary for governor has turned up no major vote changes, including a Tuscaloosa county voting place where James, the third-place finisher, was hoping to make a race-changing gain.

By Tuesday evening, some counties had totals that varied by a few votes from election night. Some boxes of ballots were found not properly sealed. And Bentley's campaign complained about officials hand counting ballots that the machines couldn't read. But both Bentley's and James' campaigns acknowledged there were no major changes on the first day of the recount.