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November 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Nervous? Conlin urges ballot check

Socialist Kshama Sawant’s momentum has all but scared the fleece off the trademark vest of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin.

With Conlin clinging to a steadily shrinking lead over Sawant, the four-term incumbent emailed supporters Saturday, telling them to “make sure every vote is counted.”

The usually unflappable Conlin asked supporters to make sure their ballots had been verified and counted, by checking with the King County Elections. He told supporters they might have forgotten to sign their ballot envelopes, or there might be a problem with their signatures. If so, he urged them to be on the lookout for a form from King County.

“Please sign the form and send it in immediately to ensure your vote is counted!” he wrote.

He also asked for phone-bank volunteers to check on ballot problems.

Conlin led 53.6 percent to Sawant’s 46.1 percent on election night. After Friday night’s ballot count, Sawant was up to 49.5 percent and trailed Conlin by 1,237 votes.

A Seattle Times anlaysis indicates Sawant must take about 53 percent of the roughly 20,000 uncounted ballots to win.

The next vote tally won’t come until Tuesday.

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