Evan Smith: Tracey holds 196-vote lead

Saturday, November 21, 2009

By Evan Smith 
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer


Shoreline City Council candidate Shari Tracey held her lead over incumbent Councilwoman Cindy Ryu in Friday’s vote count, but Tracey’s lead slipped to 196 votes from 198 votes Thursday.


Ryu won seven of the 12 votes counted Friday, but the two-vote gain isn’t enough to approach recount range.


State law requires a recount only if the difference between the two candidates is less than 0.5 percent of the two candidates’ total – now 80 votes.


The King County canvassing board will meet Tuesday morning to certify final results.


The late votes are coming from overseas voters and from voters who are returning ballots that elections officials had returned because of invalid signatures.


Tracey has 50.48 percent of the vote to 49.25 percent for Ryu.


Shoreline ballots not marked for this position number 2,046, probably people who voted for the State ballot measures and for County executive but didn't vote on down-ballot contests.


Here is the current vote count:

Council Position No. 5

Shari Tracey

8.104
50.48%

Cindy Ryu
Candidate total


7,908
16,012
49.25%
99.73%

Write-in
Total votes
Undervotes
Total ballots




43
16,055
2,046
18,101
0.27%
100.00%

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