SANDY, Utah –Sandy’s city council voted Thursday night against certifying this month’s election results and instead called for another recount in the mayoral race.

“I don’t believe a recount took place,” said City Councilor Marci Houseman, “and this is our election, this is the election of Sandy City.”

Mayoral candidate and city councilor Monica Zoltanski only has a 21-vote lead over Jim Bennett in an election that used the preferential vote.

“I think we are taking this step for the voters, not despite the voters,” City Councilor Cyndi Sharkey said. “And I don’t think it has anything to do with the preferential vote or the integrity of the preferential vote, but it’s all a matter of interpreting a law.”

The Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office confirmed to KSL-TV that at Sandy City’s request, it conducted a race recount on Wednesday. The process involved a rerun of the computer algorithm and the results remained the same.

At the council meeting, Zoltanski abstained from making the decisive vote to certify himself as elected mayor.

“I didn’t think, in all fairness, that I should make this decisive vote,” she said in an interview with KSL-TV.

Zoltanski said she was surprised by the objections of her fellow council members to the recount, but ultimately voted in favor of calling for another recount.

“I think it is unfair, not for me, not for Mr Bennett, but for the voters in this election to create a cloud over the results that we have here tonight in front of us,” she said during Of the reunion. “There is no one who wants the finality more than me, but also, I do not want to start my new mandate with a question about the legitimacy of this election.”

Zoltanski told KSL she understands that a traditional manual recount is not an option with the ranked vote, which the board has chosen to use for this election.

“I attended the recount on Wednesday afternoon so I was very happy that this was a new tabulation of results,” she said.

Although he was not involved in the council’s decision, Bennet said he believed they made the right choice.

“I think the town hall did the right thing,” he said. “I don’t expect a recount to change the election results, but I think it will increase confidence in those results.”

Bennett said he also attended the recount earlier this week and left believing that a manual recount – where the ballots are actually scrutinized – would increase voter confidence the most.

“I don’t think anyone is acting in bad faith,” Bennett said. “I don’t think there is any evidence of fraud.”

The county clerk’s office confirmed to KSL that it had received an official request from Sandy City to perform another recount. It is not known if this request will be accepted.

“I am convinced that I have the votes to maintain the victory,” said Zoltanski. “I don’t think there is anything that can change the outcome of the election.”