Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Nathan Weller Wins Pullman City Council Seat

For now anyway. There is bound to be a recount with the margin so close. The election is scheduled to be certified November 27.

AL SORENSEN - 263 Votes (48.7%)

NATHAN WELLER - 273 Votes (50.56%)

UDPATE ON RECOUNTS: Washington state law requires a recount when the difference is less than 2,000 votes and less than one half of one percent using vote tallying systems. When the difference is less than 150 votes and less than one fourth of 1 percent, the race will be counted by hand. In this race, the percentage difference is 1.86%, well above the recount minimums, even through the vote count difference is just 10 votes.

Any candidate can request a recount in any race. The request for a recount must be done in writing and filed with the appropriate filing officer within three business days after the certification of an election. The request must state whether the recount will be performed by hand or by the vote tally system and whether all precincts or selected precincts are to be recounted.

A deposit is required at the time of the request of 15 cents per ballot to be recounted by vote tally system or 25 cents per ballot for a hand recount. Each County Canvassing Board determines the actual cost of the recount. If the actual cost is higher, the requester must pay the difference. If the cost is lower, the difference is refunded to the requester. If the recount changes who wins the election, the entire deposit is refunded.


Anon said...

My ballot signature was questioned and I was asked to send in a new voter registration card by sometime the end of the month. I'm guessing a race with a difference of 10 votes will not be determined until these cards are returned. We may not know for a couple weeks.

A1 Sorensen said...

Anon: Wondering who you voted for, Al or Nathan?

I am considering a recount. It is very interesting to me that there have been so many ballots cast this year (536) in this race when 2 years ago during a presidential election year that there were only approximately 380 votes cast for me and Barney Waldrop each. A1