Manual recount planned for Port Angeles City Council race

Navarra Carr three votes ahead of Nina Napiontek

PORT ANGELES — A manual recount will decide the results of the general election race for the Position 6 seat on the Port Angeles City Council.

Navarra Carr barely maintained her lead against Nina Napiontek after certification Tuesday, in which those of the 180 challenged ballots that had been fixed were added into the count.

Carr’s newest tally is 2,532 votes, or 49.88 percent, while Napiontek’s is 2,529 votes, or 49.82 percent, a difference of three votes and 0.06 percent.

State law requires a manual recount when the difference between the two candidates is less than 150 votes and also less than one-fourth of 1 percent of the total votes cast for both candidates.

The recount is planned for Dec. 4-5, according to the Clallam County Auditor’s Office.

Napiontek, 38, led by two votes after the Nov. 12 count and had been slightly ahead for most of the counts of ballots from the Nov. 5 election until the Nov. 13 count, when Carr, 27, edged into the lead.

In another close race, Greg Bellamy Sr., has won by three votes over appointee Karen Ashton for the Clallam Bay Fire District Position 2 seat. Belamy won 125 votes, or 50.20 percent, to Ashton’s 122 votes or 49 percent.

Outcomes in the remainder of races in the Nov. 5 election remained unchanged.

The voter turnout in Clallam County is 52.18 percent, with 28,126 ballots cast out of the 53,901 provided registered voters.

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