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Republican gubernatorial primary recount under way

MONTGOMERY – The recount from the Republican primary for governor is beginning in many counties.

State Rep. Arthur Payne of Birmingham says 16 boxes of ballots were found unsealed when they were brought in for the Jefferson County recount on Tuesday morning. Payne is monitoring the recount for second-place finisher Robert Bentley.

Payne says officials from the sheriff’s department said boxes sometimes don’t get sealed properly at the polling place and sometimes seals get damaged when the boxes of ballots are transported from the polling places to a county vault.

Third-place finisher Tim James requested the statewide recount after finishing 167 votes behind Bentley.