ATLANTA - With just over 400 votes separating them, Carolyn Bourdeaux formally asked for a recount in her race against U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall Tuesday morning.
"We are officially filing our request with the Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden to ask for a recount," Bourdeaux said.
Georgia's Secretary of State agreed and scheduled the recount for Wednesday at 10 a.m. until all ballots are counted.
Congressman Woodall currently leads the race with 140,430 votes to Bourdeaux's 140,011, a difference of just 0.14 percent. Under state law, a margin of one percent qualifies a race for a recount
The Democrat not only wants a recount, she wants the nearly 20,000 paper ballots including absentee and provisionals recounted by hand.
"The absentee ballots were folded in half and as fate would have it, the crease runs right through my name," explained Bourdeaux.
That, she said, could create serious problems for a machine recount.
"While I am of course concerned about fairness and transparency with respect to my own race, I do see this as a part of an overall effort to reform election processes here in Georgia so that everybody can have confidence that their vote is being counted," said Bourdeaux.
Bourdeaux said she would also like better access to observe the recount. In Gwinnett County, observers must sit behind a glass wall several feet away from the ballots.
A spokesperson for Rob Woodall said the recount request was not a surprise.
“The process provides a recount option for races within a 1 percent margin and the Woodall campaign always expected that Mrs. Bourdeaux would request a recount, so this next phase does not come as a surprise and certainly is not alarming," they told FOX 5's Claire Simms. "As for now, however, Rob Woodall has been certified the winner and he is back to work, serving the 7th District.”