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08/03/2017: "1 SJI School Board Race Too Close To Call"


The race for San Juan Island School District’s Director #1 just got a lot closer.

The evening of Election Day, Tuesday, August 1, Sarah Werling-Sandwith had a commanding lead, with almost 48% of the vote. But it’s the top two vote-getters that go on to the general election in November, so second place matters.

Heather Christensen was in second place, with 19.94% of the votes. Ruth McKenna followed closely, with 18.82%. Fifteen votes divided Christensen and McKenna.


The Elections Office processed ballots again on Wednesday, counting the votes that were picked up from ballot boxes Tuesday night and those that came in the mail Wednesday. Updated results show McKenna now in second place, with 19.47% of the votes compared to Christensen’s 19.35% - a mere two votes between them.

Additional ballots will still be counted, including late-arriving mailed ballots, ballots with “cured” signatures, and other ballots cleared for counting by the San Juan County Canvassing Board. Auditor Milene Henley estimates there may be 25 more votes to count before the election is certified on Tuesday, August 15. In order to protect the secrecy of the voters, all ballots will be held and processed together on Monday, August 14.

Once all the votes are counted, if the difference between the two contests is 25% or less, a hand recount is required by state law. If the difference is between 25% and 50%, a machine recount is required.SJI School

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