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Close Benton County Election Requires Manual Recount

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BENTON COUNTY, WA- Benton County officials are not quite ready to wrap up the 2015 General Election just yet. After the Canvassing Board completed their work on Tuesday the two candidates running for the office of Richland School District 400 Director No. 4 are a mere three votes apart. 

Brett Amidan and Jill Oldson are separated by just .02 percent and by law, election officials must conduct a mandatory manual recount. We talked with the auditor's office and it has been about ten years since they've seen a situation like this. They told us the recount will start on Monday, November 30 at 9:00 in the morning in the Benton County Courthouse in Prosser, observers are welcome to watch the process. The recount will last about one week and on December 8.

Election specialist Amanda Garcia told us, "we have all of the precincts in the Richland School District, we'll sort all of those by precincts and after that, once they're all sorted we'll start sorting them out by individual votes and matching them up with our tabulation system". When they turn the final recount in the winner will then be declared. 

This isn't the only tight race still continuing into the end of November. The city of Kahlotus has a tie for City Council Position 5. Marcia Robitaille and Robert Hagans each have 19 votes each. The manual recount will start next Tuesday for that election. If there is no winner after the recount, the winner will be decided based on a coin toss.