Gearhart Mayor Race Ballots to be Recounted

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City councilor Diane Widdop looks on at ribbon cutting ceremony. Widdop is only 2 votes ahead of her opponent, Bob Shortman, in the contest for Gearhart mayor. Photo courtesy of Oregon Live archives.

The Clatsop County Elections Division will likely conduct a recount of ballots in the race for Gearhart mayor cast in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Just two votes separate the two candidates. Dianne Widdop received 346 votes to Bob Shortman’s 344 based on the current unofficial tally.

Interim County Clerk Nicole Williams said the two-vote margin triggers an automatic recount under state law, which requires hand recounts when the margin is less than one-fifth of 1 percent.

The Elections Division still has a number of uncounted ballots to process. These primarily involve ballots in which the signatures on the mail-in envelopes do not match voters’ signatures on their registration cards, Williams said.

Those voters will be contacted by elections staff and asked to come to the Elections Division office to resolve the discrepancies. Under state law those voters have 10 days from the election – Nov. 16 – to respond.

Following the processing of those ballots, if the vote count in the Gearhart race remains within the current margin, a hand recount will be conducted.

Voter turnout in Clatsop County totaled 17,522, or 81.03 percent of registered voters. For complete results go to

One Response to Gearhart Mayor Race Ballots to be Recounted

  1. This is interesting, not only the recount factor but that there was only a 2 vote difference.