There is the potential for a recount in three Snohomish County races, Auditor Bob Terwilliger said Monday.
Thousands of absentee ballots still need to be counted Thursday, either because they arrived late, but were still postmarked by the general election date of Nov. 4; they had to be investigated for some reason, such as the person also voted at the polls; or they were damaged in some way.
Still, Nov. 21 has been set aside as recount day if one takes place.
If the percentages stay the same, there would be machine recounts right now in two races.
In the Edmonds port district, Marianne Burkhart leads Ken Reid 2,726 to 2,710. And in Mountlake Terrace, for city council, A.J. Housler leads John Zambrano 1,525 to 1,515.
In the other race that could need a recount, Robert Amenn leads Dorothy Croshaw 197-195 for Gold Bar City Council. However, to qualify for an automatic recount, they would have to be tied or one have a one-vote lead, Terwilliger said.