Recount Conklin’s final chance
The final results are in at last, and Drew Bedwell – property rights activist turned politician – is the apparent winner of Nevada County’s tight District 3 supervisor’s race. If there isn’t a recount.
Final results certified by the county Elections Office Tuesday put Bedwell ahead of incumbent Bruce Conklin by a thin 19 votes.
But in an election that took the 28-day maximum allowable time to certify, Nevada County voters may have to wait another five days before the race is finally over and an official winner is declared. Now that the election is certified, any voter or candidate has five days to request a recount.
Bedwell was euphoric Tuesday morning after picking up the official “Statement of Vote” at the Elections Office.
“For the first time in this whole thing, I feel like I’ve finally accomplished something,” Bedwell said. “This has been a long, drawn-out process, and until it was finalized, it wasn’t real. Now it’s real as far as I’m concerned.”
While Bedwell anticipates that a recount will be requested, he said he doesn’t think it will change the outcome of a race which, coupled with Robin Sutherland’s victory in District 4, signals a conservative shift on the current liberal-leaning, slow-growth board.
“(Conklin) has the right to call for a recount,” Bedwell said. “But I’m the winner, and that’s the way it’s going to be when the smoke clears.”
While Conklin and his campaign manager, Paul Matson, couldn1t be reached for comment Tuesday, they said last week they would decide whether to call for a recount once the election was certified.
The Elections Office will prepare a resolution certifying the election and present it to the Board of Supervisors Dec. 10, said Assistant Clerk-Recorder Judy Bromley Tuesday.
Tuesday1s final results, according to election code, will stand as official unless overturned by a recount.
Tuesday1s certification came after a methodical and thorough 28-day canvass in which Elections Office staffers checked and double-checked votes, verified signatures and hand-counted ballots to verify the accuracy of computerized scanners.
Bromley said it took the Elections Office the full 28 days allowed by law to certify because this year1s general election was so huge and comprehensive.
3We had so many different races on the ballot along with the measures, which we usually don1t have,² she said.
Bromley said she was authorized by Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick to certify the election. Jewett-Burdick has been out of the office the last two weeks for 3family reasons,² Bromley said.
According to an obituary notice received by The Union Tuesday, Jewett-Burdick1s father, George Alan Jewett, died Nov. 24.
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