City Council election results remain in doubt
Nine days after the election and with a flood of absentee ballots still left to be counted, the race for two South Lake Tahoe City Council seats is still a close call.
Final results are now projected to be released by next Wednesday.
Registrar Bill Schultz said Wednesday he doesn’t know if the 23,000 pending absentees and 1,200 provisionals in the county may tip the scales on the city election.
“There’s really no way of telling that until we run them,” Schultz said. “This comes from the push in this election with absentees. There’s a good side and down side. It’s good so many people voted, but we were taken by surprise.”
Provisional ballots take longer to process because they involve unique circumstances.
The county elections staff is sorting and checking signatures on the pending ballots before they’re counted. It’s unknown how many of them came from South Lake Tahoe.
The elections department will take the holiday off today and return on Friday and Saturday to complete the job. The county has 28 days legally to certify the election.
Schultz hopes the software system due to be running next year will help speed up the process.
Retired attorney Ted Long and businessman Mike Weber are leading the election. Weber’s 1,403 votes top planning commissioner Pat Frega’s count by just 67 votes.
The race will fill seats to be vacated by longtime Mayor Tom Davis after three terms and Councilwoman Judy Brown after two. The incoming council will take over Dec. 7.
But stranger things have happened with local government races.
In Yolo County, a bitter race for the Fifth District Board of Supervisors seat has not been called because the candidates are 19 votes apart with more than 1,100 absentees and provisionals waiting to be verified and counted.
Candidate Duane Chamberlain now leads Lynnel Pollock by 5,661 and 5,642, respectively, with all 34 precincts reporting.
“It could change, and it’s an important (race),” Yolo County Clerk Freddie Oakley said Wednesday.
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