The difference between Gresham mayoral candidates has dwindled to 60 votes — which meets the requirement for an automatic recount if the numbers hold by Monday, Nov. 23, when the official results are certified.
As of Monday morning, Nov. 16, Travis Stovall leads with 16,625 votes, or 36.72%. Councilor Eddy Morales trails with 16,565 votes, 36.58%. The gap between the two has narrowed with every update, as the remaining votes cast in Gresham continue to be counted.
Some of those votes have been "challenge ballots," which initially were withheld from the official count because the return envelope signature did not match the voter registration signature, or there was no signature on the ballot return envelope.
The Multnomah County Elections Division also explained some voters dropped their ballot off in a different county, and it takes time for those to make their way back to Multnomah County to be counted.
In order for a race to be automatically recounted, the difference must be one-fifth of a percent, or 0.2%. The Elections Division said for the Gresham mayoral race, that would be a difference of 67 votes.
Morales or Stovall also may ask for a recount, though that person would have to pay a deposit of $15 per precinct, and then be on the hook for the entire cost of the recount if the outcome remains unchanged.
Neither candidate has committed to taking that step, preferring to see where things stand after Nov. 23.
Gresham will have a clearer picture of which candidate will lead the city after that point, as either a recount will be triggered or a new mayor will be declared.
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