By Don Iler • News Editor • 

Svenson holds lead in latest ballot run

Marcus Larson / News-Register

Sheriff s candidate Tim Svenson is congratulated by Donna Nelson on election night, when ballot counts showed him in the lead.
Marcus Larson / News-Register
Sheriff's candidate Tim Svenson is congratulated by Donna Nelson on election night, when ballot counts showed him in the lead.

For sheriff's deputy Tim Casey, the latest clerk's office ballot run, conducted late Wednesday afternoon, it was a matter of close, but still not close enough.

The run, consisting of 350 local ballots dropped off in other counties, narrowed Capt. Tim Svenson's sheriff's office lead by exactly one vote. It went from 199 to 198.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the clerk's office has Svenson at 16,902 votes or 50.1 percent and Casey 16,704 or 49.5 percent. About 0.4 percent of voters wrote in someone else. 

Clerk Brian Van Bergen said about 340 ballots suffering from missing or mismatched signatures are all that remain at this point.

The affected voters have all been notified by mail. They have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to come into the clerk's office to rectify the problem, but historically, very few do so.

Van Bergen said he only plans to do one more count, and it will be limited to signature-issue ballots where the problem has been remedied.

The virtually even split of ballots dropped off in neighboring counties appears to close the door on Casey. He would need to narrow the gap to one fifth of 1 percent, which works out to 67 votes, even to qualify for an automatic recount.

However, his campaign has yet to concede. In fact, it shows no signs of giving up hope, based on posts on its Facebook page.

Candidates can request recounts when the margin is wider, but must pick up the tab, likely to run more than $5,000. And in this era of machine counts, swings are typically limited to a handful of challenged ballots. 

Election results have to be certified by Nov. 21. At that point, local clerks are directed to forward them to the Secretary of State's Office in Salem.

Comments

I Am Darren Wilson

Yeah, I'd have to say at this point, it looks like a done deal now. Honestly though, I thought that Svenson would win by a much greater margin.

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