After votes canvassed, Olson decides against asking for recount

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The official results are in for the Cedar Rapids mayoral race.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors and County Board of Canvassers certified the results Thursday.

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says Scott Olson, the candidate who finished third in the voting, is not asking for a recount. Just 68 votes separated Olson and second place finisher Brad Hart.

Monica Vernon was the top vote getter among the eight candidates, but no one received a majority. So Vernon and Brad Hart will face each other in a run-off election in December.

The canvass of the results also showed only 20 percent of registered Linn County voters cast ballots in the city election. Miller says that's a difference from the 1990s when at least one city election had a 40 percent turn-out.

"I think it's really, look at your sources of information in the '90s versus now. I mean it's so fragmented. Everybody got a newspaper. There's three channels on TV. Everybody's got that. Now they're not getting the newspaper and they've got 100 channels to pick from," Miller said.

The run-off election betweeen Vernon and Hart is December 5, but people who want to vote early can start requesting an absentee ballot.