2 King County elections to see mandatory recounts

Dec 6, 2023, 7:34 AM

Image: An elections worker sorts unopened ballots at the King County Elections headquarters on Aug....

An elections worker sorts unopened ballots at the King County Elections headquarters on Aug. 4, 2020 in Renton. (Photo: David Ryder, Getty Images)

(Photo: David Ryder, Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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