Don Benton files for partial election recount in Clark County Council District 5 race

On Thursday, Don Benton filed for a partial election recount at the Clark County Elections Office.
Don Benton • Sue Marshall

The partial recount will consist of 12 precincts within Council District 5 and has been set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday

On Thursday, Don Benton filed for a partial election recount at the Clark County Elections Office. With less than a 1,300-vote deficit between Sue Marshall and Don Benton in the race for the District 5 seat on the Clark County Council, Benton felt a recount was necessary.  

“It is important that Washingtonians never doubt that their vote matters,’’ Benton said. “It is my hope that the recount will strengthen the voter’s resolve and further encourage future voter participation.” 

The partial recount has been scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 6) according to the Clark County Elections Department, which confirmed that it had received an application from Benton for a partial manual recount of specific precincts involved for the Clark County Council District 5 race. 

The Clark County Canvassing Board met at 9:30 a.m., Friday (Dec. 2) to schedule the partial recount of ballots for the office of Clark County Councilor District 5. The partial recount will consist of 12 precincts within Council District 5 and has been set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

The recount of ballots in this race will continue until requested precincts are complete, or the applicant has filed a written request to stop the recount. Final recount results will be posted on the County Elections’ website at clark.wa.gov/elections/results

Marshall sworn into office

Sue Marshall has already been sworn in to the District 5 seat on the County Council replacing Dick Rylander, who was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Eileen Quiring O’Brien. Both Marshall and Rylander were surprised by the abrupt timing.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey, who performed Marshall’s swearing-in ceremony, explained the confusion in an email response to Clark County Today.

“Sue Marshall was elected to a ‘short’ term and a ‘full’ term,’’ Kimsey said. “The short term begins after the election was certified. The full term for County Councilors begins after December 31.’’


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Anna Miller
Anna Miller
2 months ago

Get that liberal seated as quickly as possible. There are bloated budgets to be voted on!

Crazy
Crazy
2 months ago
Reply to  Anna Miller

Did you read the full article or just ignore it so you could write your little quip? She had to be seated to fill the short term vacancy. And the fall 2022 supplemental budget was voted on November 1 before she was seated.
What would you cut out of the County budget? Have you even read it?

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