Editor’s note: A previous version of this story reported that if Nikkita Oliver were to pull within .5 percent of Cary Moon in total votes cast, there would be a recount. In fact, a recount is only triggered if there is less than .5 percent difference between the candidates’ vote totals. Confused? We explain it here.
Tuesday’s ballot results brought Nikkita Oliver agonizingly close to triggering a recount in the Seattle mayor’s race primary. Without that recount, the People’s Party candidate will most certainly finish in third place behind urban planner Cary Moon, who will go on to face Jenny Durkan in the general election.
So far, King County elections has counted and posted the results of 186,784 ballots. Moon holds 32,384. Oliver holds 31,022. In other words, Oliver trails Moon by 1,362 votes.
According to King County Elections, reached on Tuesday just before 5 p.m., officials expect about 1,200 additional ballots to be counted before the election is certified on August 15. Of those, 340 are late because of various reasons. In addition, there are 1,721 ballots whose signatures have been challenged, thus pulling them from the count. Based on past experience, says spokesperson Kafia Hosh, KC Elections expects about half (860) of those to be “resolved”—that is, to get pushed back into the vote count.