Recount doesn't change election result: Bozievich, Stewart still win

EUGENE, Ore. - Automatic recounts in two close May primary races produced no change in the outcome of the election, Lane County Elections said Thursday.

Neither Faye Stewart nor Jay Bozievich will face runoff elections this fall, according to the certified recount results.

Stewart and Bozievich had 9 and 18 votes respectively above the 50 percent plus one margin required to prevent a runoff in a county commission race.

Stewart gained two additional votes from write ins in the recount.

Dawn Leslie, who challenged Bozievich, gained one vote from a vote previously counted as an undervote.

 

West Lane County Commissioner

 

Votes

Percent

Jay Bozievich

7708

50.12%

Dawn Lesley

7634

49.64%

Write-in votes

37

0.24%

 

East Lane County Commissioner

 

Votes

Percent

Faye Stewart

7000

50.07%

Kevin Matthews

4931   

35.27%

Joann Ernst

1036   

7.41%

Jose Ortal

672     

4.81%

Jack Schoolcraft

303     

2.17%

Write-in votes

39       

0.28%

 

According to Oregon law, an automatic recount is required if the number of votes cast for a candidate differs from a majority of votes cast for the office by one-fifth of one percent or less.

Both the East and West Lane County Commissioner elections fell within this margin, triggering the automatic recount.

The recount took approximately two days—one day for each district—and, in accordance with Oregon statute, was conducted by hand.