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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 20, 2021

​Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
711 Washington Relay

Yelm City Council Race Recount Certified
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Canvassing Board certified the Yelm City Council Position 4 race which underwent a mandatory manual recount Friday morning. The board certified that Steffen Burney will advance to the General Election in November over Kayla Russel by one vote. The votes did not change from the earlier results.

Election results are available at

"Only 1,066 voters of the 5,305 registered in Yelm took part in this election, and the margin of who is advancing to the general election is a single vote," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "This is an example of how every vote really does matter."

The mandatory manual recount matched the earlier certified count. A three-person counting board hand tallied ballots in each of Yelm's five precincts. Those totals were checked against machine counts by a two-person verification board. Both the counting and verification boards were staffed by full-time Elections Division Staff.

A manual 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% 

Four observers attended to watch the process in person.