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Dist. 41 race for State Senate seat headed to recount

King County Elections this morning certified the results of the 2010 General Election with a total voter turnout of 71.6 percent — exceeding initial projections of 68 percent. Final results were posted at noon today on the King County Elections website.

The District 41 State Senator race will undergo a machine recount beginning December 1. The top two candidates, Steve Litzow Of Mercer Island and Randy Gordon of Bellevue, are separated by 194 votes (.32%), which meets state requirements for a machine recount. According to Katie Gilliam of King County Elections, the race does not qualify for a manual recount.

King County received and processed 786,461 ballots this election, a record number since switching to the all vote-by-mail system in February 2009. Almost 20,000 of those received could not be counted because they were returned too late or the voter did not remedy a signature issue.

King County Elections will release a comprehensive list of the General Election by the numbers in the following days.

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