2,200 Tuolumne County ballots uncounted; voter turnout 30 percent

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat /

Tuolumne County elections workers expect to count outstanding absentee ballots from Tuesday's primary election today, making the results of multiple tight elections clearer.

However, it could still be days before the Sonora City Council and some other races are decided, said Registrar of Voters Deborah Bautista.

Bautista said Wednesday afternoon that county Elections Office staff spent the day opening absentee ballots, verifying signatures and preparing them to run through the voting machines. She also said the total uncounted ballots could be fewer than the 2,200 estimated on election night, as the office had processed 1,484 by about 4 p.m. with the vast majority completed.

She didn't have an exact count for the absentee or provisional ballots.

"We're hoping to have all of the ballots, the vote-by-mail ballots, counted by the end of tomorrow," Bautista said Wednesday.

That should make the results of the assessor-recorder race clearer. Tuesday's preliminary results had candidates Kaenan Whitman and Cindy Deutsch separated by only 150 votes. One of them will face top-vote-getter Mike Dambacher in a runoff in November's general election.

For the complete story, see the June 5, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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