Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur estimates that between 18,000 and 23,000 ballots are left to be tallied from Tuesday’s election, but the final count won’t be released until the week of Nov. 26.

In the closely contested race for the District 2 seat on the Napa County Board of Supervisors, incumbent Supervisor Mark Luce leads challenger Mark van Gorder by 255 votes after three rounds of counting Tuesday night.

When the first count was released shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Luce led van Gorder by 167 votes in a tally of 5,551 vote-by-mail and absentee ballots.

That lead grew to 255 votes after 902 District 2 polling place votes were counted.

The trend is toward Luce’s re-election, Tuteur said Wednesday.

“That’s a pretty steep margin to overcome,” Tuteur said Luce’s 255-vote advantage.

Countywide, the 32,715 ballots counted by the end of Tuesday night accounted for 45 percent of the total registered voters in the county.

Adding 18,000 to 23,000 ballots to that total would bring the turnout up to 70 to 75 percent, Tuteur noted.

If that turnout occurs in District 2, that would mean about 4,000 to 5,000 ballots remaining to count.

Van Gorder said Tuesday night he was confident of victory. He believed turnout in the district would be higher than Tuteur’s estimates, and that he would benefit from the late returns.

Luce said after the first tally he would be comforted if he could maintain his lead over the next two counts; he expanded his lead by 88 votes by the end of the night.

Tuteur said he will release the official figures on ballots remaining to be counted either later this week or early next week. Those ballots will be prepared and counted, with the results likely released the week of Nov. 26.

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gettingreal
gettingreal

something doesn't smell right.

BlueRidge
BlueRidge

Three weeks to get a final tally? Can the NVR do some investigative reporting here? Every election is like this. WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG? Are there other counties with a comparable population that take this long? Talk about making us feel that our votes aren't important . . . .

NapaPaul
NapaPaul

These are the ballots of people who's polling places were eliminated and they were required to 'vote by mail' (I am included in this group). Now my vote will be counted and tallied after all the races have been publicly decided and the electoral college has cast it's votes. I saw hundreds of people dropping off their "vote by mail" ballot on election day at polling places and at the registrar's office. What they (Napa Registrar and staff) did not tell anyone was that vote by mail ballots had to be received the weekend before the election to be counted and included in tallies the night of the election. It was misleading to tell people they could drop of the ballot the day of the election at a polling place. The thousands of other votes, not yet counted will not be counted for several more days. Fair elections are a fundmental responsibility of government. If my ballot is not counted until races are already "called", how does that serve the people of Napa? Vote out the registrar!

SouthNapa
SouthNapa

There's absolutely no reason why in a county of 138,000 residents why it should take weeks to count all the ballots in an election. We deserve a swift and accurate ballot count and if John Tuteur can't provide those then I suggest we vote him out the next time he is up for re-election. This is simply unacceptable.

glenroy
glenroy

Guess those late votes weren't his as he thought....either way Luce has done a good job.

vocal-de-local
vocal-de-local

I'm guessing that part of the delay involves many of the Pacific Union College students (some who probably had to change their residency to vote here) need their ballots to be thoroughly checked for accuracy. This will mostly impact Measure U but it probably holds everything else up.

Demo Cracy
Demo Cracy

What is the problem with counting ballots? what ones are being delayed?

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