Joe Yee leads Steve Hansen by 46 votes for the District 4 City Council seat after the latest ballot count update released Friday afternoon.
It’s undetermined when the final vote tally will be finished, and the county has 28 days from the date of the election to produce a winner.
"Today’s update is good news, however there is still about 130,000 ballots to count, countywide," Yee said. "I’m hopeful, but there are still a few weeks to go before this election is certified."
Most of the 130,000 ballots Yee referenced will not be from District 4 voters, but outstanding District 4 votes could change the close race.
"This is a small swing, and it’s important not to read read much into the ups and downs," Hansen said. "Let’s stay focused on the end goal of ensuring every vote is counted in a fair and transparent manner."
Election night proved inconclusive for the two candidates as Yee led in early returns, but only by a slim margin. At one point, Yee led by a mere six votes before Hansen took the lead with the last update to come in early Wednesday morning.
For the past two days, the figures had shown Hansen leading by 28 votes.
The winner of the race will represent downtown, Midtown, Land Park and a few areas north of the rivers, including Willowcreek.
In the District 2 City Council Race, Rob Kerth extended his lead over Allen Warren, taking a lead of 215 votes.
Another update will come Tuesday, and additional updates will come every other business day after that.