Recount Likely in Union Gap Mayor Race
UNION GAP, Wash - It's still undecided who will move on in the Union Gap Mayor primary election. All three candidates are separated by less than two votes.
Officials at the Yakima County Auditor's Office can't officially have a recount just yet. They are still waiting on 18 challenged ballots. The challenged ballots are ones that may not have been signed by the voter or the signature is in question. Those voters have been contacted and have till Tuesday, September 4th to turn back in their ballots.
Dan Olson still holds a two vote lead over Jim Lemon and current Mayor Aubrey Reeves. Even with the remaining votes, staff in the auditor's office believe it won't be enough to sway the vote totals.
"They're so close now it is highly unlikely that there will be that great of a difference to not have a recount," says Diana Saules, the assistant auditor.
Saules also says the decision will be made a official to have a manual recount on September 5th, next Wednesday.
If the candidates are still tied after the recount at second place. Believe it or not, either a coin will be flipped or a straws will drawn to decide who moves on. Anything that has a random outcome.