The Palm Beach County Republican Party is calling for a runoff election in the Palm Beach Gardens City Council race.
The March 15 contest was between Carl Woods, a retired police officer, and incumbent David Levy, who serves as vice mayor. Levy received 6,632 votes and Woods received 6,245 votes, according to unofficial results. More than 1,000 people supported Kevin Easton, even though he dropped out of the race after the ballots were printed.
Chairman Michael Barnett said in a news release that Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher should not declare Levy the winner and should instead call a runoff election.
“This action is unacceptable,” Barnett said in the news release. “The candidates, and more importantly, the voters in Palm Beach Gardens, must not be cheated out of having their voices heard.”
The city charter calls for the winner to have the majority of the votes cast. The majority is considered 50 percent plus one vote. If no candidate has a clear majority, the City Charter calls for a runoff election.
Woods’ campaign and the Republican Party are saying the supervisor of elections should include votes for Easton in calculating votes cast. Bucher’s office doesn’t count votes for Easton and Takeata King Pang, who withdrew from a race for a different seat after the ballots were printed.