Updated results show only 5 votes separate two Boston City Council candidates

The new vote counts are still unofficial and incomplete, officials said.

Alejandra St. Guillen, left, and Julia Mejia
Alejandra St. Guillen, left, and Julia Mejia. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The margin of votes separating Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen in the Boston City Council at-large race is even slimmer than previously thought.

Updated unofficial results from the Nov. 5 elections released Wednesday show that only five votes now separate the two candidates, tightening an already small gap initially considered to be a mere 10 votes.

The latest tallies show Mejia, a community activist, received 22,477 votes while St. Guillen, an immigrants rights advocate, garnered 22,472.

According to a memo released by Eneida Tavares, chair of the Board of Election Commissioners, the updated numbers reflect votes cast at 34 precincts that were counted by hand.


“Votes contained on ballots that were hand-counted at some precincts on election night were inadvertently not transferred to the total tally sheets that comprised the unofficial results that were made public,” the memo says.

The new tallies “do not include the overseas absentee, military, provisional ballots and any other uncounted ballots determined to be counted, all of which will be totaled on or after Friday, November 15, 2019,” according to the memo.

St. Guillen called for a recount last week after initial results showed both candidates carried 11.18 percent of the vote in the eight-way race. The two are each vying for the fourth-place finish to secure one of the four at-large seats.

In recent days, campaigns for both Mejia and St. Guillen have been collecting the signatures required for a recount ahead of Friday’s deadline.

“This is our democracy and every vote must be counted, including those votes that have not yet been received,” St. Guillen Campaign Manager Jessica Bahena said in a statement Wednesday. “We are full speed ahead with our recount efforts, and are deeply thankful for the 80 volunteers who have mobilized across the city to ensure we reach the November 15 deadline for signatures to initiate the recount.”


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