One-quarter of ballots left to count |

One-quarter of ballots left to count

About 11,000 ballots from the Nov. 7 election remain to be counted, Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith said Friday.

The ballots make up roughly one-quarter of total votes cast. Officials already have counted about 31,500 ballots cast countywide Tuesday for the congressional race.

Uncounted ballots could most affect the race for the Nevada Joint Union High School District, Trustee Area 1, where Corinne Parilo leads Mary Anne Davis by 47 votes.

“I feel encouraged that these ballots have not yet been counted,” Davis said. “The initial absentee ballots were in my favor. If the trend continues with these (additional) absentee ballots, then I feel my chances are quite good.”

With a slight edge, Parilo said she would be patient as she awaits the outcome. Four years ago, she won the school district election by more than 3,000 votes.

Of the total ballots remaining, results from 2,000 absentee ballots received between Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 will be released Monday, Smith said. Updated results will be available at the Elections Office Web site,

An additional 9,000 ballots that still need to be counted include those cast in the polls on Election Day, but which were not counted by the electronic Diebold scanners. The number also includes provisional ballots and absentee ballots turned in on Election Day.

Election officials “trapped” 130 ballots at local post offices which had already been mailed in, but which might not have arrived at the Elections Office by Nov. 7, according to the Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

A final vote count is legally required by Dec. 5.


To reach Staff Writer Josh Singer, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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