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Minimum wage, Seattle council seat races still too close to call

Ballots are usually invalidated because of problems with their signatures. It's up to those voters to fix the issue. (AP Photo/File)

Two races in last week's election are so close that campaign workers are going over invalidated ballots to make sure each vote is counted.

Incumbent Richard Conlin's lead over Kshama Sawant in the Seattle City Council race is down to 1,237 votes.

KING 5 reports there are more than 5,600 invalid ballots that could impact the race. Ballots are usually invalidated because of problems with their signatures. It's up to those voters to fix the issue.

Campaigns are contacting those voters to make sure they fix the issues so their votes will be counted.

"It's coming down to the wire. This race is extremely tight and we need to make sure every vote is counted," said Conlin's campaign in an email urging voters to visit the elections website to make sure their ballot was counted.

The race is also tightening in the SeaTac minimum wage campaign where the "no" vote now trails by only 43 votes.

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Chris Sullivan is a traffic reporter for KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He cares deeply about the amount of time you spend sitting in Seattle traffic.

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