Councilman Dominic Farinha continued to lead with 1,652 votes as of Friday, followed by council candidate Dennis McCord with 1,589 votes in a hotly contested three-way race for two council seats. Meanwhile, council candidate Sheree Lustgarden trailed closely behind with 1,569 votes.
It was still unclear Tuesday, Nov. 13, how many Patterson provisional ballots remained to be sorted, said Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters.
It could be next week before the county registrar’s office released another update on elections results, she said, adding that some county precincts have as many as 200 provisional ballots to review, she said.
Election workers kept busy this week cross-checking the names on the rosters of voters in precincts throughout the county with the number of ballots that the registrar’s office had received, Lundrigan said.
“It’s kind of like an audit,” she said Tuesday, Nov. 13. “I’d be surprised if we get to the (provisional ballots) this week.”
Lundrigan stated in a press release Friday, that the county had collected and tabulated 35,592 ballots from all post offices in Stanislaus County as of Tuesday.
Election workers plan to turn their attention to 11,000 provisional ballots after the audit of rosters is completed. Provisional ballots are issued to people who vote in the wrong polling place and are used when a voter’s identification is in question. Election workers must verify the identity of the person who cast each ballot.
Poll workers indicated last week that more than 100 ballots were collected just at the Las Palmas Senior Housing Complex polling place on Election Day.
Little doubt remained in the mayor’s race, however, as results early Wednesday showed Mayor Luis Molina with a 75 percent to 25 percent lead over mayoral candidate Troy McComak after all precincts were counted. Molina had collected 3,389 votes, while McComak had 1,107 as of Friday afternoon.
California election law requires the vote be certified by Tuesday, Dec. 4, 28 days following the election. That day coincides with the night the City of Patterson is scheduled to seat its next council.
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