Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said there are still 20,000 additional ballots to count, after releasing the first, unofficial post-election night summary on Wednesday afternoon.
That summary included an additional 8,000 vote by mail ballots received between Friday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 7. Tuteur added the results of three close races “will remain fluid until the election is certified in early December.”
Those races are:
-Napa Valley College Trustee Area 1 with 79 votes separating Jennifer Baker with 1,912 votes (39.62%) and Daniel DiGardi, 1,833 votes (37.98%.)
-Calistoga Unified School District board with three votes separating Martin Hunt, 681 votes (19.81%) in third place and Mark Galindo, 678 votes (19.72%) in fourth place;
-American Canyon City Council with 23 votes separating the second-place finisher, Kenneth Leary, 1,867 votes (25.2%) and Joan Bennett, 1,844 votes (24.89%).
Voters already elected Julie Elkeshen (770 votes, 22.4%) and Matthew Reid (759 votes, 22.08%) for the Calistoga Unified School District; and Miriam Aboudamous (1,993 votes, 26.9%) for the American Canyon City Council.
Tuteur said he hopes the election division will have a second interim report shortly after Thanksgiving.
“Our state-of-the-art ballot tabulation system allows our staff to review individual ballot images where the voter’s intent cannot be determined by the scanner or where a write in vote was cast,” Tuteur added. Staff has already reviewed approximately 3,700 images from the 42,000 ballots included in this report.
Final certification of the election must be completed by Dec. 9. In addition to the approximately 20,000 vote by mail ballots that still need to be processed, election staff has to review 774 provisional ballots, duplicate approximately 1,500 ballots that could not be read by the optical scanners and then conduct a manual tally of approximately 2,000 ballots to confirm the accuracy of the ballot tabulation machines.
The public is invited to observe all of these steps in certifying the election including the random draw of the manual tally precincts Monday Nov. 28, at 9 a.m., Tuteur said.
The results are available on the county website at countyofnapa.org/ElectionResults.