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A late 4:45PM update from the Coos County Clerk shows the position one commission race narrowing. Bob Main leads Fred Messerle 12,458 to 12,439. The margin of 19 votes 49.74% to 49.66% will trigger an automatic hand recount of all ballots unless dozens of ballots still being verified move one candidate ahead by more than 1/5 of 1% of the total ballots cast for both candidates. The latest update can be found at county elections website.
According to Teri Turri, ballots without signatures, or with illegible signatures or with over votes (where too many candidates were chosen in one category) are verified with the voter over the next ten days. Once this process is over, the results will be certified and a clear winner declared or a recount is triggered. Historically, hand recounts do not often change the results of the machine count but changes can go in either direction. Don’t expect anything close to a decision in position one for up to ten days from yesterday.