CLARK COUNTY (KTNV) — More than a month after Election Day, a recount to determine the winner of the race for Clark County Commission District C has begun.
Starting early Monday morning, workers at the election department will check every vote cast in the November election, but the District C race comes down to checking each of the roughly 153,000 ballots cast to make sure the 10 vote victory for Ross Miller against Stavros Anthony is accurate.
But, the recount is coming very late.
The Clark County Commission originally voted not to certify the election, saying the 139 discrepancies in this race were higher than the 10 vote margin of victory. Instead, commissioners considered a special election.
Later, the commission reversed course after a judge insinuated state law would only allow them to call a special election if the irregularities prevented them from having an election at all. That's not what happened in this race.
Anthony is hoping this recount pulls him ahead. It would take just six votes to do that.
He is also continuing his legal battle trying to force a special election.
It's a combination that could be a catch 22 for Anthony if the recount turns in his favor.
13 Action News Reporter Sean DeLancey: "[If] you come ahead in the vote count, should there still be a special election?"
Las Vegas City Council Mayor Pro Tem and District C candidate Stavros Anthony: "Well, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. We'll have to see what the outcome is, we'll have to see what the Clark County Commission does. At this point, they've decided to certify an election that is inaccurate. That's a great question but I guess we'll have to cross that bridge when we get to it."
Miller said, even if the recount places Anthony into the lead, there shouldn't be a special election, and he is confident the vote count will again result in his victory.
"The numbers shouldn't move," he said, "if we run clean elections in this state, which I'm sure we do, at the end of the day we should get the same count."
In this recount, Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria says the department will process the ballots the same way it did the first time around. It has five days to complete the recount and then present the results.
As of 6 a.m. on Monday, Miller, his campaign team and Anthony's campaign team were on location monitoring the count.