9,000 county ballots still to be counted
Elections offices around the state are working to finish their vote counts for the Nov. 7 election, with at least one local race still a cliff-hanger.
On Monday, the Nevada County Elections Office released the results of 2,000 absentee votes cast between Nov. 3 and Nov. 6.
In what appears to be the closest county race, Corinne Parilo now leads Mary Anne Davis for Nevada Joint Union High School District, Trustee Area 1, by three votes, according to information posted on the office’s Web site.
The Trustee Area 1 ballot count has been a roller coaster, with Parilo leading by a single vote on Election Day. Her lead widened to 47 votes on Friday with the addition of ballots from precincts in Yuba County that are inside the trustee area.
An additional 9,000 ballots, roughly half of which were absentees turned in on Election Day, remain to be counted. More than 42,000 ballots were cast in Nevada County this election.
Some ballots not counted by the Diebold electronic voting machines were placed in an “auxiliary bin” to be counted later, Assistant Clerk-Recorder Corey Wilkins said.
Around 530,000 ballots statewide have yet to be counted. More than 7.3 million were cast in California for this election, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Nearby Placer County has more than one-third of its ballots yet to count – 33,000 out of 93,956 cast, according to its elections office. This high number is due to factors such as population growth and the voting eligibility issues that can cause, in addition to a large absentee voting population, Assistant Registrar Ryan Ronco said.
Placer County does not update results during its canvass but aims for a certified tally by Thanksgiving, he said.
Final vote results legally are required by Dec. 5.
In another county in the 4th Congressional District, El Dorado County has yet to count 14,000 ballots out of roughly 52,000 ballots cast, or nearly 27 percent of all ballots, according to its elections office.
To reach Staff Writer Josh Singer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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