ELECTION UPDATE: Herbold over Braddock by 39 in ‘final’ count; hand recount required

4:52 PM: The election is certified but the Seattle City Council District 1 race still isn’t settled. The “final” count has Lisa Herbold over Shannon Braddock by 39 votes, 12,459 to 12,420, and that’s close enough to require a recount by hand. King County Elections says that will start December 3rd and be completed December 7th.

ADDED 5:23 PM: KC Elections has clarified the recount process after announcing two start dates:

The recount process will begin on Monday, Nov. 30 and be completed on Monday, Dec. 7. The first few days of the recount process will involve staff and observer training and ballot sorting in order to obtain the votes specific to this District No. 1 race. Ballots are not stored by district. Actual counting of the ballots is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Dec. 3 and is expected to continue through Friday, Dec. 4 and possibly the morning of Monday, Dec. 7. After the manual hand count and reconciliation is complete the Canvassing Board will meet to certify the recount on Monday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 p.m. Final results will be announced by 4:30 p.m. that day.

4 Replies to "ELECTION UPDATE: Herbold over Braddock by 39 in 'final' count; hand recount required"

  • West Seattle Hipster November 24, 2015 (5:00 pm)

    Can both candidates take down their campaign signs on public property now please?

  • chemist November 24, 2015 (7:57 pm)

    Hipster, if the signs are on public property they’re improperly posted to begin with and there’s no harm in disposing of litter. http://www.seattle.gov/ethics/elpub/YardSignRegs.pdf
    I can’t be the only election nerd out there who’s curious about manual counting vs machine tabulation and how many ballots this will shift one way or another. I figure there’s got to be an error rate for those machines. Hopefully, this whole business won’t be as dramatic as the 2004 Rossi/Gregoire count.

  • Rick November 25, 2015 (9:23 am)

    Sometimes the problem is the humans running the machines.

  • Kay K November 29, 2015 (10:59 am)

    The metal bases of those signs make great free garden plant supports FYI.

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