November 8, 2008 - Some ballots have still not been counted
Paper: Paradise Post (CA)
Title: Some ballots have still not been counted
Date: November 8, 2008
Author: Paul Wellersdick
With roughly 15,000 votes still not counted, Butte County elections officials are taking a break over the weekend before resuming counting votes. Still with that many votes yet to be counted, it probably won't make the difference close runner ups need to make or break the election, Candace Grubbs, Butte County Registrar of Voters said.
"We're not doing anything this weekend we'll look at this with fresh eyes on Monday," she said.
Dave "Grumpy" Davis trails Joe DiDuca for Town Council by just 359 votes, or 1.3 percent, but unless the voters overwhelmingly voted for Grumpy, he won't overtake DiDuca, Grubbs said. Gary Manwill follows Lisa Nelson for school board by 1,378 votes, or 3.47 percent. Manwill would also be extremely lucky to pull ahead of Nelson, Grubbs said.
Though it can and has happened, the likelihood that it would is slim, she said.
"Three percent is far enough to hold," she said.
The close race is for Chico City council, she said, and the difference may be made with the votes not yet counted, she said. The elections office won't, until Monday, know which areas had the most late vote-by-mail ballots submitted, Grubbs said. But she didn't notice any trends.
All qualified write-ins, as in the case of the Durham school district have to be manually counted too, she said. The elections office has 28 days from Election Day to manually count all the votes, but Grubbs said they'd be hard pressed to get it done.
"We'll be pushing it to finish by Thanksgiving," she said. "Election night is quick and dirty."
After that, the real work starts - hand counting votes as required by the Secretary of State.
"It's idiotic on what they want to do," she said.
The secretary wants each county to count all the votes by hand before all the votes are accounted for. So before all the unprocessed vote-by-mail ballots and provisional votes are counted, the registrar 's office has to manually count all the votes, which is silly, Grubbs said.
"It's just (Secretary of State Debra Bowen's) new emergency regulations are not viable," Grubbs said. "All counties are scratching their heads." Grubbs, also being the county clerk-recorder, is responsible for marriage too. With Proposition 8 and the secretary's demands, Grubbs will be busy, she said.
"We're busy on both sides."
Section: News Local
Record Number: 10936090
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