Election results update still a week away
With at least two major races still undecided, Nevada County elections officials on Thursday began the official post-election canvass, including tabulating almost 10,000 uncounted ballots.
As of Thursday, there were estimated totals of 8,558 vote-by-mail ballots, 1,053 provisional ballots and 25 voted but not yet scanned ballots still to be counted, said Sandra Sjoberg, Nevada County assistant clerk-recorder.
Those numbers could change since some of the ballots from Truckee, dropped off at the elections office on Wednesday night, were still being tabulated. Many of those were vote-by-mail ballots left Tuesday at the Truckee Post Office or at Truckee Town Hall, Sjoberg said.
Processing the uncounted ballots will take at least a week, meaning that the first update won’t be until Friday, Nov. 14, Sjoberg said.
“With the vote-by-mail, we have to check signatures first, then verify the signatures, then batch and scan the ballots,” she said.
Races for Grass Valley City Council and Nevada County Board of Education, Area 1, were too close to call as of the final results on election night Tuesday. Both of those races could hinge on getting extra votes from the uncounted ballots.
In Grass Valley, where two council seats are up for grabs, the top two vote-getters out of four candidates were Terry Lamphier and Jason Fouyer. Jerri Glover, the third top vote-getter, was only trailing her nearest challenger by 129 votes, however.
In the board of education race, where two seats are also hanging in the balance, the second and third top vote-getters, Bob Altieri and Marianne Slade-Troutman, are only separated by 118 votes. The top candidate in that race was Larry Meek, ahead by 898 votes.
Although upsets are always possible with uncounted votes, decisive victories appeared relatively certain Tuesday night for Robert Tice-Raskin in the Nevada County Superior Court judgeship race, for “No on S” in the Measure S ballot measure, for Garrett Spencer Jr. in the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District board race, and for Doug LaMalfa in the U.S. Congress race.
Other contests, such as Penn Valley Fire Protection District board, also appeared somewhat decisive, but could be in flux with the uncounted votes.
Meanwhile, at least two vocal spokespeople on opposite sides of Measure S are discussing whether to pursue a new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance that would both address unmet needs of patients in Nevada County and also respond to community concerns. Greg Zaller, who runs several group homes for people in recovery, and Patricia Smith, head of Measure S sponsor Americans for Safe Access-Nevada County, said they are open to working together on a compromise plan.
“I’m for it,” Zaller said. “It is reasonable to have a lot of hope to satisfy all the concerns and get quality affordable marijuana to those that truly need it and address the many issues in the community around the problems associated with marijuana.”
Smith said she has always been open to dialogue “with anyone who wants to create an ordinance that works for our community.” She said anyone interested in participating can call her office at 530-430-7027.
To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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