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Counting continues slowly and steadily as county awaits results of 71,275 unprocessed ballots.

Results continue to trickle out of the county elections division as it works with a bare-bones staff due to COVID-19 safety precautions. The elections division was only able to hire about half the number of temporary workers it usually brings on board for an election in order to observe physical distancing and other safety mandates. FILE PHOTO - Clackamas County

According to Andrew Jones, the county's elections manager, his division is working at about the half the speed it normally operates at due to short staffing.

County Clerk Sherry Hall and Jones told reporters Tuesday that the elections division has the capacity to count and process approximately 30,000 ballots per day.

The batch of results released at 11:30 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Nov. 4, contained an additional 9,140 ballots after an estimated 166,967 ballots were counted in the results released on election night.

With an additional 13,647 votes added by 5 p.m. Wednesday, a total of 189,754 votes had been processed in the most recent batch, meaning 22,787 ballots were counted after the initial returns Tuesday.

That means the county is behind by about 7,213 ballots in its goal to process 30,000 ballots per day.

According to the county's turnout comparison, a record 261,029 voters cast a ballot in the election for a total turnout of 84%. That leaves more than 71,000 ballots uncounted as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, signaling that it's unlikely any of the races that remain close will be resolved before at least this coming Friday, Nov. 6, or even later. FILE PHOTO - Mark Shull FILE PHOTO  - Clackamas County Commissioner Ken Humberston.

That includes the race between County Commissioner Ken Humberston and Sandy-resident Mark Shull for the position 4 seat on the county board.

The latest batch of results shows that Shull has gained four percentage points on Humberston. The current count has Humberston at 52% and Shull at 47%.

With a large number of votes yet to be counted, the race is much too close to call.


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