Wilce Cook http://michiganradio.org en Results stand after Benton Harbor recount vote http://michiganradio.org/post/results-stand-after-benton-harbor-recount-vote <p>The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-gets-new-mayor-denies-charter-amendments">results of the November eighth election in Benton Harbor </a>stand.</p><p>Incumbent Mayor Wilce Cooke lost the election by eight votes. That&rsquo;s less than one percentage point.</p><p>During a recount this week, both Cooke and Mayor elect James Hightower picked up two votes. So the end result remains the same even though the vote count changed slightly.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not trying to say there&rsquo;s any hanky-panky going on &ndash; although it could be,&rdquo;</em> Cooke said.</p><p>He&rsquo;s concerned about the absentee voting process; mainly who processed the votes and who may have had access. <em>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s some issues we&rsquo;re pursuing that I&rsquo;m not able to divulge to you; but that&rsquo;ll come out eventually,&rdquo;</em> Cooke said.</p><p>The state appointed an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/joe-harris">emergency manger to take over </a>Benton Harbor&rsquo;s finances during Cooke&rsquo;s second term as mayor. The emergency manager expects to have the city&rsquo;s finances back on track soon. He expects to turn power back over to the new mayor and city commission within the next eight months. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:34:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5067 at http://michiganradio.org Results stand after Benton Harbor recount vote