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What if there is an election recount?

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PASCO, Wash.—The race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Patty Murray for the Washington State Senate is predicted to be a close race, which could mean a recount.

Benton and Franklin County Auditors say there isn't a way to prepare for a recount, but there is a process already in place.

If the final count shows votes for Rossi and Murray less than 2,000 votes apart, or half of a percentage point, then the Secretary of State will call a recount.  A machine will automatically be triggered.  If the votes are under 1,000 votes apart, or ¼ percent, then there will be a manual recount.

County Auditors say the process can take up to three to five days.