Canvass to start tomorrow |

Canvass to start tomorrow

With a local school board race hanging by a single vote, the coming canvass of yesterday’s election results will make a difference.

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith said today she will start the canvass tomorrow. That includes processing absentee ballots that were delivered to the polls on Election Day; processing provisional ballots, in which people were allowed to vote, but it was unclear at the time whether they are eligible; and duplicate and count ballots that got damaged.

In addition, the canvass will include a random selection of a precint for a manual count, which will be used to double-check the machine count and check for systemic errors.

In a race for the local high school board of trustees, incumbent Corinne Parilo led challenger Mary Anne Davis by one vote. The inclusion of absentee, provisional and damaged ballots could affect that outcome. (See the related story about the Trustee Area 1 race of the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees, also on the Web at

By the end of the day Friday, Smith has said, she will know how many ballots remain to be processed in the county’s tight races.

Other local races seemed to have clear results by early Wednesday, when elections officials completed counting of the county’s 101 precincts.

Tom Anderson beat Ray Shine for the judicial seat in county Superior Court, and Measure S won in Nevada City, according to the results posted at 2:15 a.m. today.

The unofficial results reflect all precincts reporting.

The results also showed Dan Miller and Chauncey Poston winning the two open seats for Grass Valley City Council. In Grass Valley, Measure T earned the majority’s support, but lost because it did not gain two-thirds support.

Rep. John Doolittle beat Democratic challenger Charlie Brown for the 4th Congressional District race.

But Brown swept Nevada County ” an upset. In Nevada County, Brown received 17,026 (53.94 percent) of the votes, while Doolittle received 12,840 (40.68 percent) of votes.

Highlights of the results with all precincts reporting include:

-Superior Court judge seat #1: Anderson, 16,698 (57.36 percent); Shine, 12,349 (42.42 percent)

-Grass Valley City Council: Dan Miller, 1692 (35.96 percent); Chauncey Poston, 1682 (35.75 percent); Terry Lamphier 1,290 (27.42 percent)

-City of Nevada City ” Measure S: 935 (81.02 percent) “yes” votes; 219 (18.98 percent) “no” votes

-City of Grass Valley ” Measure T: 1885 (56.66 percent) “yes” votes; 1,442 (43.34 percent) “no” votes. The measure failed because it required a two-thirds majority to pass, in accordance with laws for this type of measure.

-Penn Valley Fire Protection District ” Measure U: 2,606 (68.29 percent) “yes” votes; 1,210 (31.71 percent) “no” votes.

-Penn Valley Fire Protection District: Larry Bailey, 1,597 (29.83 percent); Bill Neville, 2,470 (46.13 percent). Both are winners of the district board’s two open seats.

-Twin Ridges Elementary School District: Mindi Morton, 411 (43.49 percent); Deonne Noel, 273 (28.89 percent). Both are winners of the two open board seats.

-Nevada Joint Union High School district (TA1): Corinne Parilo, 2,223 (49.81 percent); Mary Anne Davis, 2,222 (49.79 percent). Eighteen write-in votes.

-Nevada Joint Union High School district (TA2): Georgie A. Coulter, 2,423 (61.91 percent), Jim Adams, 1,475 (37.69 percent)

-Sierra Joint Community college district (TA6): Nancy Palmer, 16,912 (67.03 percent); Martin Harmon, 8,258 (32.73 percent).

(Note: Except for the Parilo-Davis race, all these totals do not include a minimal number of write in votes).

For election results with all precincts reporting, go to

Although the totals are different, the final results reflect the same results for those county races and ballot measures that were reported in today’s Union.

For full details, analysis, comments from winners, go to the paper’s e-Edition at or click on the stories on the front page of

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