Race for Vancouver City Council and Hockinson School Board both trigger the mandatory recount
Two local races in the Nov. 2 general election have triggered a mandatory recount, according to Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.
In the race for Position 1 on the Vancouver City Council, Kim Harless is ahead of John Blom by just 45 votes. Harless, co-chair of the Charter Review Commission, has received 16,773 votes (49.58 percent). Blom, a former member of the Clark County Council, has 16,728 votes (49.45 percent).
In the race for Director Position 1 in the Hockinson School District, only 17 votes separate the two candidates on the ballot. Teresa Van Natta, an elementary school teacher in the Evergreen School District, has received 1,597 votes (49.88 percent). Tim Hawkins, who has held the position since being appointed in Sept. 2020, has 1,580 votes (49.34 percent).
“If the difference between the apparent winner and the second place candidate is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one half of one percent, a mandatory recount must be conducted,’’ Kimsey told Clark County Today.
Kimsey said Friday night that there may be around 400-500 ballots left to count.
“It depends on how many voters ‘cure’ the signature issue on their ballot envelope,’’ Kimsey said.
The recount process will begin on Mon., Nov. 29.
From the 324,478 registered voters in Clark County, 113,100 ballots have been counted at this point, making the turnout for the Nov. 2 general election 34.86 percent.