Manual Recount Starts Wednesday in West End Judge Race

The manual recount in the race for West End District Court II Judge will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Clallam County Canvassing Board authorized the recount Monday at the request of John Black, the candidate for District Court II judge who was trailing Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer by 28 votes out of more than 3000 votes cast.

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The 28 vote margin represents less than a 1% difference between the candidates.

Members of the canvassing board are Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias; Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Alvaraz, designee of county Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols; and Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs.

Once the ballots are counted, the canvassing board will hold another meeting, tentatively set for 8:15 a.m. Friday to certify the results.

Black told the board Monday he was concerned because the county used new tabulation software this year.   He also says he has talked to people in Forks who said their ballots were dropped from the election due to signature issues.