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Tacoma mayor’s race: Strickland’s lead widens by 252 votes

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm with 4 Comments »
November 5, 2009 6:09 pm

In the tight race for Tacoma mayor, City Coucilwoman Marilyn Strickland‘s lead over architect Jim Merritt grew by 252 votes in the latest ballot counts reported Thursday evening.

Strickland’s advantage now stands at 369 votes — more than 1.5 percent of total ballots cast — with more than 23,500 votes counted.  Thursday’s ballot drop included more than 3,400 new votes added to the total.

There are still likely thousands of votes remaining to be counted, based on recent city elections. In the last mayor’s race in 2005, more than 39,000 votes were counted.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office expects to release the next batch of ballot counts tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Here’s where the race stood as of Thursday evening:

Tacoma Mayor
NP – Jim Merritt



NP – Marilyn Strickland






Over Votes


Under Votes


Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. Over Votes 4

    Under Votes 1,199

    Over, Under votes?? I’m confused is this a football game??

  2. mretalli says:

    “Over Votes” means that the person voted for more than one person for the office, for example, if they connected the arrow for both Merritt and Strickland. “Under Votes” means people that didn’t vote for anyone at all for that office.

  3. derekyoung says:

    Over votes refers to more than one vote in that race being cast. Usually a mistake by the voter.

    Under votes simply means a ballot was cast but they did not vote in that race.

  4. fatuous says:

    Under vote: voter to did not vote for or against that election choice. Either didn’t care or thought there wasn’t a good choice to select.

    Over vote: voter selected more than one selection for an election choice. Had so much fun connecting the arrows the voter couldn’t stop at just one.

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