Dead heat in water district race |

Dead heat in water district race

The race for the third seat on the Washington County Water District has turned into a dead heat.

An updated Nevada County Elections Office canvass Thursday showed that exactly 36 votes were cast for challenger John A. Stark and incumbent Henry DeCorte, a write-in candidate for the five-member board.

When the unofficial results were released Nov. 6, DeCorte led Stark 36 to 35 for the third seat up for election on the water board. According to the results released Thursday, DeCorte received 36 of the 38 write-in votes in the district’s two precincts.

The results remain unofficial pending a manual tally of all the ballots cast in one of Washington’s two precincts to verify the accuracy of the computerized ballot scanners.

If there is a tie, it will be up to the district board of directors to determine how to fill the seat, according to the California Election Code.

Just how they might do that is unclear, county Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said.

Incumbent George Price and challenger Lyla J. Tracy secured two of the three seats in the election, the town of Washington’s first in more than 20 years.

Linda Krausch and Pat McIntosh are the other members of the board, which oversees the town’s water supply from Canyon Creek and serves as the umbrella agency for Washington’s volunteer fire department.

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