Jim Irizarry of the Elections Office said more totals are to be released on Wednesday, June 20. At that point, Irizarry said, "we anticipate that most, if not all, of the ballots cast" will have been counted. If not, one more round of election results will be posted.
Voter turnout in the primary election appears to have been about 42 percent, Irizarry said.
Waddell had led from the time the first vote totals were released at the close of Election Day, but each time more votes were counted the gap between the two candidates narrowed.
Irizarry said the county does not have automatic recounts, no matter how close an election. He said the elections code states that within five days following the certification of the election (July 5 for this election), any registered voter may file a written request for recount in any race.
A recount request must specify which candidate it is filed on behalf of and, in the case of a countywide office such as superintendent of schools, should be filed with the county elections office. The recount starts after notifying candidates and the public, but no later than seven days following receipt of the request, and must continue on weekdays for not less than six hours each day until done, Irizarry said.
Any recount will be conducted in public by a special recount board of four county voters appointed by Mark Church, the county's chief elections officer.
The requester has to pay the expenses of a recount. But, if the candidate the recount was done on behalf of is elected, all the money is repaid, Irizarry said.
Both Waddell and Magee work in the San Mateo County Office of Education, Waddell as deputy superintendent and Magee as associate superintendent.
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