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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor 
711 Washington Relay 

Canvassing Board Certifies Primary Election, Schedules Recount in Yelm City Council Position No. 4 Primary Election

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board has certified the August 32021 Primary Election.  Final election results can be found at 
The Thurston County Canvassing Board has also scheduled a recount for the Yelm City Council Position No. 4 Primary Election. Candidates Steffen Burney and Kayla Russell finished within the range requiring a mandatory hand recount to determine which candidate will move on to the General Election ballot. A hand recount occurs if the vote difference is less than 150 and less than ¼ of 1%. 
The total vote difference between the candidates was 1 and the percentage difference was .19% 
The results prior to the recount are: 
City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 4 
Holly Smith 
Steffen Burney 
Kayla Russell 
Total Votes 

The top two candidates in the Primary advance to the General Election in November. 
Recount Schedule 
  • Recount preparations will begin on Thursday, August 19, at 9 a.m.  
  • The recount will start on Friday, August 20, at 9 a.m. 
  • The Thurston County Canvassing Board will meet on Friday, August 20 at 4 p.m. to certify the results of the recount. 
For information on how the public can view the canvassing board meeting or the recount, please see our website at