Clerk-Recorder’s Of­fice Still Tab­u­lat­ing Bal­lots

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - News Editor Marg Jackson con­trib­uted to this story.

Election Day – for the Cal­i­for­nia Statewide Direct Pri­mary Election – has long since passed but the num­bers are still be­ing tal­lied for the June 5 vote.

Lee Lun­dri­gan, Stanis­laus County Regis­trar of Vot­ers/County Clerk/Recorder re­leased a Stanis­laus County Elec­tions Up­date on Mon­day, June 11.

“To­day the Stanis­laus County Regis­trar of Vot­ers con­tin­ued with the can­vass process of the Statewide Direct Pri­mary Election,” Lun­dri­gan noted in the up­date. “Scan­ning of the names of Election Day vot­ers lo­cated on the polling place ros­ters was com­pleted to­day. Th­ese sig­na­tures must be scanned and a re­view con­ducted to de­ter­mine who has voted prior to the pro­cess­ing of the pro­vi­sional bal­lots.”

Un­of­fi­cial tally re­sults re­leased on Fri­day, June 8 can be found posted on the election web­site, www.stan­

Ac­cord­ing to those fig­ures, John Cox car­ried Stanis­laus County with 23,772 votes cast for him in the race for Gover­nor, with Gavin New­som sec­ond with 17,656 votes. The top two vote get­ters statewide will have a runoff election in Novem­ber for the gu­ber­na­to­rial post.

Also, U.S. Se­na­tor Dianne Fe­in­stein tal­lied 23,688 votes in Stanis­laus County, far out­dis­tanc­ing any com­peti­tor. In the bid for the State Board of Equal­iza­tion, District 1, Tom Hal­li­nan had a 29,863 to 21,054 vote lead over Ted Gaines. Su­pe­rior Court Judge Of­fice 2 saw Car­rie M. Stephens hold­ing a 47,150 to 18,713 vote edge over Crys­tal S. Swan­son and in the race for Stanis­laus County Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools, Scott Kuyk­endall had 28,795 votes com­pared to 20,545 for Shan­non San­ford.

Lo­cal races of in­ter­est showed Jeff Dirkse with 35,861 votes in his bid to be­come the next Stanis­laus

County Sher­iff-Coroner, with Juan Ala­nis at 32,063 votes. In­cum­bent District At­tor­ney Birgit Fladager had 32,970 votes with 15,628 cast­ing their bal­lots for chal­lenger John R. Mayne.

In­cum­bent Con­gress­man Jeff Den­ham was lead­ing in the race to re­tain his 10th District Con­gres­sional seat, with 28,027 votes; next clos­est was Josh Harder, polling 12,723 votes in Stanis­laus County. In­cum­bent Heath Flora had re­ceived an es­ti­mated 62 per­cent of the vote in the county, at 30,994 votes, out­pac­ing chal­lenger Robert D. Chase, with 18,785 votes in the race for the 12th Assem­bly District seat. In Sen­ate District 8, An­dreas Borgeas was at 14,113 votes – close to 61 per­cent – with 4,782 votes for Paulina Mi­randa.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Regis­trar of Vot­ers of­fice in­di­cate there are 236,374 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Stanis­laus County and the June 5 election saw 75,731 bal­lots cast –

a turnout of about 32 per­cent. Of that to­tal, the vast ma­jor­ity – 56,397 – were Vote By Mail bal­lots.

Over 600 vol­un­teer election of­fi­cers worked to sup­port this Statewide Direct Pri­mary Election, Lun­dri­gan added. There were also 23 adopt-apoll vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions, 26 stu­dent poll work­ers and 13 field in­spec­tors supporting this election at the polls.

Stanis­laus County Regis­trar of Vot­ers continues the hand count of the 13 qual­i­fied write-in can­di­dates for Gover­nor, Lieu­tenant Gover­nor, United States Se­na­tor, State Sen­ate Mem­ber District 12, State Assem­bly Mem­ber District 21 and Su­per­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic In­struc­tion. In those races all re­sults from each of the precincts in­volved must be tal­lied and added to the state­ment of the vote to es­tab­lish to­tal votes re­ceived for af­fected write in can­di­dates. To date the vote tal­ly­ing equip­ment has been stopped 4,801 times for a hand re­view of write in can­di­dates, al­though only a few have ac­tu­ally turned out to be cer­ti­fied can­di­dates.

Cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed be­fore they are ul­ti­mately counted are ap­prox­i­mately 11,000 vote by mail bal­lots, 3,000 pro­vi­sional bal­lots, 650 Election Day + three bal­lots, dam­aged, mil­i­tary, 7-day and mis­cel­la­neous bal­lots. Pro­vi­sional bal­lots are voted at the polls when a voter’s reg­is­tra­tion is in ques­tion, or when elec­tions records in­di­cate the voter was al­ready sent in a vote by mail bal­lot. Pro­vi­sional bal­lots are sealed in spe­cial en­velopes at the polls and must be in­di­vid­u­ally re­searched and ver­i­fied at the ROV’s Of­fice be­fore bal­lots are counted or re­jected in ac­cor­dance with election laws.

The of­fice will be closed Wed­nes­day, July 4 in ob­ser­vance of the Fourth of July holiday and, if nec­es­sary, the can­vass will re­sume on Thurs­day, July 5. Cal­i­for­nia law re­quires cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of this election to be on or be­fore Thurs­day, July 5, 2018, which is 30 days fol­low­ing Election Day.

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