Council results still out
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Nov 21, 2012 | 1579 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was still too close to call the Patterson City Council race Tuesday, Nov. 20, as the counting of votes continued at the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder’s Office.

Clerk Recorder Lee Lundrigan released a statement Monday, Nov. 19, indicating counting could continue for two more weeks.

State law does not require the results to be certified until Dec. 4, the day the new City Council is scheduled to be seated.

More than 11,000 provisional ballots had not been touched as of Monday, Nov. 19. An audit of the 167 countywide polling locations, including 13 in Patterson, was completed Friday, Nov. 16, and damaged ballots were counted thereafter.

Election workers have been crosschecking rosters of registered voters who voted in the election with ballots counted from each precinct.

Lundrigan has said that provisional ballots — used when a voter’s identification is in doubt of when a voter casts a ballot in the wrong precinct — would be verified and counted by election workers as a final step. Election workers must make sure there are no duplicate votes, Lundrigan said.

The examination of provisional ballots includes a review and comparison of voters’ signatures with their original voter registration cards, Lundrigan said in a statement Friday, Nov. 16.

“This process is required for accuracy of the vote, to ensure each eligible vote cast is counted and to credit each voter for voting,” she said.

It remained unclear this week how many provisional ballots from Patterson were unsorted, Lundrigan said.

As of the most recent count on Friday, Nov. 9, Councilman Dominic Farinha led a tight three-way race for two council seats with 1,652 votes. He was followed by challengers Dennis McCord, with 1,589 votes, and Sheree Lustgarten, with 1,569 votes.

Tony Camacho had 1,191, followed by incumbent Annette Smith with 1,026 and Carlos Fierros with 751.

The outcome of the mayor’s race, meanwhile, appears clear. Tallies on Nov. 9 show Mayor Luis Molina had collected 3,389 votes to challenger Troy McComak’s 1,107.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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