OREGON COUNTY -- A manual recount of ballots in the 153rd State Representative District ordered by Secretary of State Matt Blunt has confirmed that Mike Dethrow of Alton won the nomination in the Republican primary on Aug. 6, as originally certified. The Secretary of State's Elections Division announced the results Sept. 5.
A recount was requested by candidate Tim Slayton, who originally lost by six votes in the south central Missouri district. The 153rd District is situated in Wayne, Butler Carter, Ripley and Oregon counties. The recount by local election officials was supervised by the elections staff of the Office of Secretary of State. The recount required two days, and ended with the award of six additional ballots to each candidate.
The final tally in the race was 1,760 for Dethrow and 1,754 for Slayton.
Blunt said, "The work by county clerks in August and in the recount shows their ability to do the people's work effectively. The fact that the results and the difference between the candidates didn't change shows the integrity of the election system and its ability to produce accurate results. I commend the work of the election authorities in this recount." Gary Hensley serves as the chief elections official in Oregon County.
State election laws allow for candidates who lose a race by 1 percent or less of the vote to request a recount after the results have been certified by the secretary of state.