As more Primary Election ballots continue to trickle in, a tight race for second place for a Bellevue City Council seat has flipped.
As of the most recent ballot count on Aug. 9, Janice Zahn continued to hold a commanding lead for Position 5 with 15,965 votes (.64 percent).
However, JD Yu now leads for second place with 3,868 votes (16.39 percent). Mark Wilson trails in third place with 3,718 votes (15.75 percent). That’s a difference of 150 votes.
And that’s the opposite of a preliminary count on election night (Aug. 6) when Wilson had led by 79 votes.
A machine recount is required when the vote total difference between candidates is less than 2,000 votes and less than half a percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.
Recounts are not triggered until certification day, which for this election is Aug. 20.
“We do track as we get closer to certification day who might be getting close to recount territory,” said Halei Watkins, communications officer at King County elections, of the election night results. “… As we get a little bit closer we’ll have a clearer picture of who might be getting close to recount territory and which not.”
A write-in candidate or candidates received 53 votes.
The two candidates who receive the most votes will be on November General Election ballots.