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LAYTON CANDIDATE WHO LOST BY 12 VOTES SEEKS RECOUNT

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A Layton city councilman who came within 12 votes of making the November ballot in the city's mayor race said Friday he has asked for a recount of Tuesday's ballots.

Kent Dee Smith tallied 490 votes in the primary election, just behind incumbent Mayor Richard McKenzie's 502 votes. The leader in the primary was James J. Layton, with 621 votes.Smith, who has two years remaining in his council term, initially said he didn't plan on asking for a recount, partly because of the cost to the city, but said he'd changed his mind by Thursday night's City Council meeting.

Under state law, a candidate is entitled to a recount at no cost if the margin of difference is less than one vote per voting district. Smith came within 12 votes of McKenzie and Layton has 17 voting districts.

"I talked to Steve (Ashby, the Layton city recorder) about the recount process and found it wouldn't be that expensive or time-consuming," Smith said. "And, several people talked to me about it and encouraged me to ask for one, so I decided it would be worthwhile. Mistakes can happen."

Smith said he doesn't expect a big change in the election results but being within 12 votes, it would only take six or seven reversals to alter the outcome.