King County Elections certifies election results; voter turnout 48%

SEATTLE — King County Elections on Tuesday afternoon certified the results of the 2013 general election. Voters returned 562,549 ballots for a turnout of nearly 48 percent, the department said.

Final results are available on the department’s website.

electionThe department said one race, the Auburn City Council Position No. 6, qualified for a mandatory manual (hand) recount, yet to be scheduled. A manual recount is required for a race if the difference is less than 150 votes and also less than one-quarter of 1 percent.

State law does not call for mandatory recounts in county or local ballot measures. A recount can also be requested for elective offices or ballot measures. Requests must be received within two business days of certification. This month’s Thanksgiving holiday makes the deadline Monday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

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Finals results in some highly contested or controversial elections:

Seattle mayor — Ed Murray 106,384 votes (52%) to Mike McGinn 97,935 votes (47%)

Seattle City Council Position No. 2 — Kshama Sawant 93,682 votes (51%) to incumbent Richard Conlin’s 90,531 votes (49%)

Seattle Prop. 1 to publicly finance City Council campaigns — No, 97, 545 votes (50%) to Yes, 96,119 votes (50%)

SeaTac Prop. 1 to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour — Yes, 3040 (51%) to No, 2,963 (49%)

State Initiative 522 to label foods with genetically engineered products — No, 895, 516 (51%) to Yes, 857,463 (49%)

State Legislative District 26 — Jan Angel (R) 24,112 votes (52%) to Nathan Schlicter 22,192 (48%)

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