Recount Of Progressive Ballots May Take Until Tuesday

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The recounts in the Progressive Primary are expected to be certified by a judge this week.

Washington Superior Court Judge Robert Bent has scheduled a hearing in the case for Tuesday afternoon.

Write-in candidate Annette Smith asked for the recount after losing in earlier counting to Progressive Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott by one vote. The party decided earlier this year not to run a candidate for governor, so Abbott withdrew after her apparent victory.

Secretary of State Jim Condos is under pressure to have ballots printed and delivered to town clerks in time for them to be mailed to overseas and military voters 45 days before the November election.

Condos says he had hoped to have the recount done this week because of the already tight deadline to complete the general election ballots.

"Hopefully this would have taken only a day to complete," Condos said. "And I think part of the process is that the courts went through a reorg several years ago and we have several new clerks who have not been through this process in the past."

Condos says mistakes can be made as votes are counted initially. He says the recount – even though it’s cumbersome and time-consuming – is designed to correct all the errors.

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