FERNDALE, Wash. — Today’s manual recount uncovered 1 new vote for Teresa Taylor in her race to retain position 4 on the Ferndale City Council. As a result, the final decision about whether incumbent Taylor or challenger Paul Shuey will sit on the Ferndale City Council beginning next month will come down to a coin toss.
The manual recount was triggered when the final machine count resulted in a difference between the candidates of less than 0.5%. It was 1,928 votes for Shuey and 1,927 for Taylor.
Whatcom County Chief Deputy Auditor Diana Bradrick said today’s manual recount of the ballots uncovered 1 ballot that failed to get scanned during the initial machine count. That ballot included a vote for Taylor. As a result, Taylor and Shuey are now tied at 1,928 votes each.
The coin toss will be held tomorrow, December 4th, at a 3pm Canvassing Board meeting where today’s manual recount will be certified.
Bradrick was not certain who on the board will be honored with tossing the coin. Just prior to the coin toss, there will be a drawing to determine how the resulting heads or tails will determine which candidate is the winner.
There will also be a Sumas City Council race decided by coin toss at tomorrow’s meeting. That race was tied going into and coming out of the manual recount, Bradrick said.