It will be hand-recounted next Monday, as will a one-vote Ferndale council race

WHATCOM ­— The Sumas City Council race between Deborah Morgan and Todd Daniels remained tied at 176 votes each on Monday, after the County Auditor’s Office did what would normally be the final regular count of the Nov. 5 election.

Also, the Ferndale City Council race between Paul Shuey and Teresa Taylor tightened to just one vote separating them — it had been three votes before —  1,928 to 1,927, with challenger Shuey ahead of the incumbent Taylor.

So now both races will be hand-recounted.

Diana Bradrick, chief auditor’s deputy and soon to be the newly elected head of the county office, announced the recount on Tuesday. It will be in the basement of the County Courthouse starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

The Sumas Position 3 council race will be recounted first, and then the Ferndale council Position 4 one, she said. 

The recount is an open public meeting and can be watched by anyone.

“In the event there is a tie in [either] race, the outcome will be determined by a coin toss,” Bradrick said.

After the recounts, the election results will be certified by the Whatcom County Canvassing Board, whose meeting is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. 

State law requires a hand recount of votes if the margin of difference in a race is .25 percent or less, a machine recount if the margin is .5 or less.

The election was otherwise supposed to be certified on Tuesday, Nov. 26. All other races and issues are settled.

In Sumas, Todd Daniels is a two-term incumbent. Morgan, from her candidate statement, is a graduate of Nooksack Valley High School and a 20-year employee at the Sumas Library branch. She has volunteered with Boys Scouts and enjoys local history.