Recount requested in Clallam District Court II race

PORT ANGELES — A recount of votes is planned in the general election race between John Black and Eric Rohrer for the District Court II judgeship in Forks.

Black, a Forks attorney, has requested a manual recount of the 2,837 votes cast in the Nov. 6 election, in which Black received 28 fewer votes than Rohrer, a Clallam County Superior Court judge, a difference of 49.45 percent to 50.44 percent of the votes cast.

The Clallam County Canvassing Board will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday to authorize conducting the recount and set the time for it — which is tentatively set for Wednesday or Thursday, said Becky Pettigrew, Clallam County elections manager.

A meeting to certify the results of the requested recount is expected at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Pettigrew said.

All meetings and recount activities will be in the elections center in the Clallam County courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The canvassing board certified the election on Tuesday. Results are available on the Clallam County Elections website at

Within two business days of certification, an application for a recount may be filed for a race or issue on the ballot, in accordance with RCW 29A.64, Pettigrew said.

Black filed an application with the Clallam County Auditor’s Office for a manual recount on Thursday.

Meetings of the canvassing board and the recount are open public meetings.

Members of the canvassing board are Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias, county Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols and Shoona Riggs, county auditor.

For more information about the recount, contact the Clallam County Auditor’s Office at [email protected] or 360-417-2217.

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