Mason County Auditor's Office Elections

Recount Guidelines

Recounts are done by elections officials in close races in ensure the number of votes counted for an office or measure are correct. If the filing for the candidate or measure was done at the Secretary of State’s office then they will authorize the counties to conduct the appropriate recount. For local candidates or issues the County Canvassing Board will authorize the recount.Please visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information about recounts for statewide candidates and measures.

Mandatory and Requested Recounts

Mandatory Recounts for local races:

  • A machine recount is required when the difference between the top two candidates is less than 2,000 votes AND ALSO less than 1/2 of 1% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.
  • A manual recount is required when the difference between the top two candidates is less than 150 votes AND ALSO less than 1/4 of 1% of the total votes cast for both candidates.
  • There is no provision in law for a mandatory recount of a non-statewide measure such as a school district levy.

Requested Recounts: A recount may be requested as follows, even if the difference between the top two candidates does not meet the mandatory recount thresholds:

  • An application for a recount of the votes cast must be filed with the elections office who received the initial filing for that jurisdiction.
  • The written application for a recount of the votes or a portion of the votes cast must be filed within two business days after certification.
  • For offices, a political party officer or candidate for that office may request a recount.
  • For measures, any group of five or more registered voters may request a recount.
  • At time of request, a deposit must be submitted, by cash or certified check, to the county canvassing board.
    • Machine Recount – fifteen cents for each ballot cast in the jurisdiction or portion of the jurisdiction for which the recount is requested.
    • Manual Recount – twenty-five cents for each ballot cast in the jurisdiction or portion of the jurisdiction for which the recount is requested.