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Recount Information
 

There are two ways to conduct recounts – by machine or by hand (manual). Once the recount has been completed, the Canvassing Board certifies the results.

Observers appointed by the candidates or the political parties are permitted to observe all stages of a recount. Other members of the public may also observe the process.

Recounts are mandated by law when votes for offices or statewide measures fall within a certain range. There are no mandatory recounts for local measures.

RCW 29A.64
 
  Machine Recount
   
  For machine recounts of any office or measure, the difference between the two candidates or choices must be:

  • Less than 2000 votes difference AND;
  • Less than 1/2 of one percent.
 
 
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  Hand Recounts of Statewide Offices or Measures
   
  For manual recounts of statewide, legislative and state judicial races, and state measures, the difference between the two candidates or choices must be:
  • Less than 1000 votes AND;
  • Less than 1/4 of one percent.
 
 
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  Hand Recounts of Local Offices
   

 

There is no provision for a mandatory recount of local measures or issues. For local offices, the difference between the two candidates must be:

  • Less than 150 votes AND;
  • Less than 1/4 of one percent
 
 
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  Requested Recount
   
 

A recount may be requested by:

  • one of the candidates in a race
  • a political party representative for a race
  • a group of five or more voters for a ballot measure

An application for a recount must be filed within two business days after certification of the election results. The application must be submitted to the appropriate Elections office.

In addition, a deposit in cash or by certified check equal to twenty-five cents for each ballot cast in the jurisdiction or portion of the jurisdiction for which the recount is requested must also be provided as security for the payment of any costs of conducting the recount. If the application is for a machine recount, the deposit must be equal to fifteen cents for each ballot. The application must be submitted to the appropriate Elections office. 29A.64.030

 
     
 
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