Recounts: primary results unchanged for two cities
Salt Lake County elections staff conducted recounts Thursday morning in the West Valley City and South Salt Lake mayoral primary races, processing 150 electronic memory cards and running 4,924 paper ballots through optical scanning machines.
The repeat tally of 7,838 total votes did not change the outcome of which candidates will advance to the general election ballot.
The recounts, which took about 90 minutes to conduct, yielded numbers that were unchanged from official counts released Tuesday:
West Valley City mayor's race • Former state Rep. Ron Bigelow and City Councilwoman Karen Lang will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.
South Salt Lake mayor's race • Incumbent Cherie Wood and political newcomer Derk Pehrson will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.
In West Valley City, third-place candidate and City Councilman Don Christensen remained 13 votes behind second-place candidate Lang. With 16 percent voter turnout, Bigelow gathered 2,158 votes, Lang 1,103 and Christensen 1,090.
In South Salt Lake, third-place candidate and former City Councilman Shane Siwik had two fewer votes than second-place candidate Pehrson. Voter turnout ran close to 24 percent, with Wood netting 702 votes, Pehrson 257 and Siwik 255.
"Almost every election we have a recount. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with them," grinned Salt Lake County Elections Director Rozan Mitchell. "There's some satisfaction that comes from knowing that our equipment is functioning properly."