OLYMPIA, WA – Think your vote doesn't matter? Think again. Votes carry even more weight in small elections. The Tenino race for mayor is tied with 136 votes each for current mayor Bret D. Brodersen and city councilman Wayne Fournier. -30-
These top two candidates will move on to the General Election ballot, but the question remains: who will be first on the ballot? The last three Primary Election ballots from Tenino were counted this morning. The election will be certified during the Canvassing Board meeting at 4 p.m. today.
At the meeting, Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall will hold a lot draw to determine which candidate will appear first on the General Election ballot.
"This is a perfect example of the power of one vote. One vote can make a difference," said Mary Hall. "Many political scholars believe being first on the ballot is an advantage."
Canvassing Board meetings are open public meetings, and the public is invited to attend this lot draw. The meeting will be held in the Auditor's conference room in Building One, Room 118 at the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, at 4 p.m. today.