A recount in the Roanoke mayoral race will take place Thursday, with the 135 absentee ballots taking center stage.

Kelley W. Phillips, who lost to Jill Hicks by just 32 votes in the October 6 runoff, requested the recount but limited that request to just the absentee ballots.

Those ballots will be counted by hand in an open-to-the-public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, at 10 a.m. in the courthouse of the Roanoke justice center on West Point Street.

The final vote from the runoff was 822-790 in favor of Hicks. In order to change that result a minimum 17 of the 135 absentee ballots would have to show a change from Hicks to Phillips.

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