JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Kay Brooks is running for reelection for the ward 3 seat on the Medford City Council. Closely ahead of her is her opponent, Chad Miller who has been a Jackson County sheriff's deputy for over a decade.
Local voters were clearly split between the two candidates as Miller holds a lead of just 25 votes.
The elections office in Jackson County is still working on the initial count of all the votes. If the margin gets even closer, meaning within less than one fifth of one percent, then an automatic recount will happen. When the final certification of votes is completed by November 23rd and there is clear winner, then a candidate would have to pay for a demand recount.
Jackson County Clerk, Chris Walker says it is too soon to tell if a recount will need to be done. She says, in the meantime, people who did not sign their ballot or who need to verify their signature have until November 17th to do so.
Voters needing signature validation will receive a slip from Jackson County asking them to sign and return the paper for their vote to be counted in what could make or break the election of a candidate.