2 King County elections to see mandatory recounts
Dec 6, 2023, 7:34 AM
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King County Elections announced it would be conducting two mandatory recounts in the November 2023 election.
The two elections being recounted are a city council position in Newcastle and a school district director on Mercer Island. These were the only elections that a recount was requested before the Nov. 30 deadline for the 2023 general election.
The recount for Position 3 of the Newcastle City Council will be done by machine and will happen Wednesday. The recount for the Mercer Island School Director Position 5 will be done by hand Wednesday and Thursday.
Washington election rules call for a mandatory machine recount if the margin between two candidates is fewer than 2,000 votes and less than 0.5% of the total votes cast for both candidates. Manual recounts are required if the margin is fewer than 150 votes and less than 0.25% of the total votes cast for both candidates.
“Representatives from both major political parties, the campaigns, and non-partisan observers have been invited to attend,” King County Elections said in a press release sent to KIRO Newsradio.
The final recounts for both elections will be certified on Monday at 10:30 a.m.