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Recounts planned for tight King County elections

Ballot counters will begin a recount in three King County races separated by 66 votes or less

Recounts for three local elections will begin Wednesday as tight races around King County have mandated a second look.

Redmond City Council Position 1 is separated by just 66 votes, Mercer Island City Council Position 1 is separated by 40 votes, and Bothell City Council Position 2 is separated by just five votes.

The razor-thin margin in Bothell means those ballots will be counted by hand starting Wednesday morning. Mercer Island and Redmond will undergo machine recounts Thursday.

To qualify for a mandatory recount, races must meet one of two thresholds: The races must be separated by less than 2,000 votes and less than 0.5% of the votes cast for the candidates for a machine recount. There must be fewer than 150 votes and less than 0.25% of votes cast for a hand recount. 

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Official results are expected to be certified Friday morning. No other races requested a recount.