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Wait almost over in board race

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

Grace Rawsthorne, Ed Barney and their supporters will have to wait until Monday afternoon for election officials to announce which one is the winner of their Federal Way School Board race.

Barney, the incumbent, was leading Rawsthorne by 28 votes on Tuesday when the county’s canvassing board certified the Nov. 8 general election. Since the difference in votes between the candidates is less than 1,000 and less than one quarter of 1 percent of the total number of votes, state law requires the ballots to be recounted by hand.

The candidates could have opted for another option, but the King County elections department hasn’t been contacted, according to spokeswoman Bobbie Egan.

Two other races in the county –– for city council races in Shoreline and Issaquah –– are undergoing machine recounts.

Election officials spent Wednesday and Thursday sorting more than 52,000 ballots for the three races. The School Board race had 28,710 ballots.

The Federal Way recount is expected to take place Monday. Teams of three people will tally the ballots at a county elections annex at 9010 E. Marginal Way in Seattle. The outcome should be known by 4 p.m. that day, officials said.

A recount was held after the primary election in September for two candidates running for King County sheriff. Jim Fuda and Greg Schmidt were slated for a hand recount but used a provision of state law that allows candidates to choose an alternative method.

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