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Clackamas Recount


It’s almost a week since the elections are over and a couple of State Senate races are still hanging in the balance. One of those is the Senate District 20 race between Democrat incumbent Martha Schrader and Republican challenger Alan Olsen. Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall tells us the number they had to count as of Monday morning: “When we started this (Monday) morning at 9 o-clock,  we had about 1950 ballots left to count, and out of that number 450 are all inspected and in the box ready to be sent to the tally machines and ready to be counted, that leaves about 1500.” Hall says the numbers between Schrader and Olsen will change a bit Monday, but we will have to wait until Friday to get a more accurate total. That is the deadline by which challenged ballots have to be re-submitted. A challenge ballot is one where the signature does not match the one on file. Right now, the Republican Olsen leads by 216 votes.  The difference must be around 100 ballots to trigger an automatic recount.  In the other race for Senate District Number 3,  the Democrat Alan Bates leads Dave Dotterrer by 240 votes.


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