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Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they need to complete to finish work from the November election.
Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the office plans to count the ballots from the Spokane City Council race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen and the 4th Legislative District senate race between Mike Padden and Jeff Baxter starting around 9 a.m.
The Rush-Allen recount will be completed by computer and is required because the race ended with the two candidates within a half percentage point. The senate recount will be completed manually because it was paid for by Baxter.
After this set of results is complete and the Canvassing Board meets on Wednesday, the Allen-Rush hand recount, which is being financed by the Spokane County Democratic Party, can begin.
Rush trails Allen by 88 votes.
Baxter trails Padden by 3,437 votes.
The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week.
That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination.
Former Councilman Mike Allen leads incumbent Richard Rush by a mere 88 votes.
Although it’s a lead of less than half a percentage point, it is a wide enough margin that is unlikely to shrink enough to change, considering past recounts. Recounts in Spokane County have generally changed tallies by a few votes or less.
The Spokane County Canvassing Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton’s recommendation to count ballots by hand. State law only would have required the recount to be done manually if the difference had been within a quarter of a percentage point.
Dalton argued that the council race is the county’s first chance to test official ballots on a large scale since new scanners were installed this summer in the county’s six vote-counting machines, which were manufactured by Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software.
“A recount is a very rare opportunity to let us test the accuracy of the machines using the real ballots marked by actual voters,” Dalton said.
She added: “It’s an attempt to give closure to the candidates in the most definitive way possible.”
The results of this month’s
Elections officials next week will recount by hand votes in the race for
City Councilman Patrick Rushing’s lead over incumbent Mayor Matthew Pederson grew in the latest tally to two votes.