Des Moines City Council Race Triggers Machine Recount, Planned For Friday
BREAKING 11/29/11: In the neck-and-neck horse race for Des Moines City Council Position No. 6, between incumbent Bob Sheckler and challenger Rebecca King, there will be an automatic machine recount this Friday, Dec. 2nd.
This is because the difference in votes is .46% – less than the 1/2 of one percent (.50%) that triggers a machine recount.
Final results, posted by King County Elections Monday night (Nov. 28) at 9:48 p.m., show that Sheckler leads King by just 31 votes, or .46%:
Council Position No. 6:
- Rebecca King 3340 49.55%
- Bob Sheckler 3371 50.01%
- Write-in 30 0.45%
According to a spokesperson at elections, the machine that does the recounting will be tested and calibrated Wednesday, Nov. 30th, then put into use Friday.
Final results from this recount will be certified Dec. 16.
“Most machine recounts have little to no difference,” said Courtney at King County Elections Tuesday afternoon.
Any ballot(s) in question for this race will be set aside and given to the King County Canvassing Board for review.
The Des Moines race is the only race that has triggered a machine recount; three others will get hand recounts.
53.51% was the turnout for Des Moines, while the overall percentage for the county was 53.7%.