CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Friday morning, the official results come out from this week's elections. As of Thursday night, only 113 votes separate current Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan and his challenger, Marni Sawicki. Sullivan says if the official results show he lost, he may call for the recount.
He declined to comment further pending the release of the results, only saying that constituents had encouraged him to challenge the vote.
According to the Lee County Supervisor of Elections:
-If the difference in votes is a half-percent or lower, there's a mandatory recount, paid for by taxpayers.
-If it's lower than a quarter-percent there's an automatic hand recount.
-If the margin is higher than half a percent, Sullivan can challenge, but would pay a $1,000 deposit for outside labor and staff overtime.
"Let the new people get started and let's not argue about what happened. Let's go forward," Richard Stanley of Cape Coral said.
"I think he is entitled to it, so I don't have a problem with that at all," Rebecca Doolen of Cape Coral said. "When it comes to a close election, I think every vote counts."
Every vote does count. Out of 135,908 registered voters, only 23,362 participated in the election. That's 17.19%. Sullivan commented Wednesday on the low turnout saying more people need to head out to the polls. "I think the people really need to get out, not just to get out and vote, but to learn who the players are and what they stand for," Sullivan said. "Otherwise, they are never going to get the government that they deserve."