What County Commissioner contest results will we see AFTER election night?
With the recent adoption of postmarks count, the challenge period has been extended to 21-days. Once the challenge period has past and all accepted ballots with RCV contests are then tallied, if a candidate listed on the ballot or Write-In candidate receives more than half of the first-choice votes cast (50% + plus one), that candidate will be announced as the unofficial winner.
If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, vote tallies will continue. The candidate with the fewest first choice votes is defeated. Next, the votes cast for the defeated candidate, are then recast, for the next choice remaining candidate selected on those ballots; or until the vote is nullified, if no subsequent choice is for a remaining candidate.
This process continues until a candidate has received more than half of the votes cast or only two candidates remain. If two candidates remain, the candidate with the most votes is declared the unofficial winner. The official winner will only be declared when the results are certified.
Round-by-Round Vote Totals
A report containing round-by-round contest results for the County Commission positions will be displayed on www.co.benton.or.us/elections and BentonBetterBallot.com after the challenge period has past and the returns are certified.
When will the final CERTIFIED election results be available?
Benton County can only post and certify election results after the 21-day ballot challenge/resolution period has past and no later than the 27th day following the election.