The Clatsop County Elections Division will conduct a hand recount of ballots in the Board of Commissioners District 2 race on Thursday.

Losing candidate Jim Scheller submitted a formal request for the recount to the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

Scheller lost to incumbent Commission Chairwoman Patricia Roberts by a 22-vote margin, 1,466 to 1,444, in the race for the seat on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

The recount will begin at 9 a.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria. The process begins with the breaking of seals on boxes containing the ballots, followed by the recount itself, which will be conducted by hand by county elections workers. Observers will be allowed to view the process.

Scheller will cover the cost of the recount. Under state law, local elections departments are required to conduct automatic hand recounts only if the vote margin between candidates is less than one-fifth of 1 percent. In the Roberts-Scheller race, an automatic recount would have been triggered only if the margin was less than six votes.

Recounts can be requested if the margin is outside the legal threshold, but in those cases the party requesting the recount must cover the cost

of the process.

On Nov. 20 the Elections Division conducted a hand recount of Nov. 4 election ballots for three races from one randomly chosen Clatsop County

precinct. The recount, mandated by a new state law, showed no difference between the election night total and the hand count.

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