2,100 Calaveras County ballots uncounted; voter turnout 40 percent

By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

Calaveras County Elections Office employees plan to process more than 2,100 ballots from Tuesday's primary election and update results today.

Workers spent Wednesday picking up equipment from the county's 15 polling places along with sorting and verifying 2,146 uncounted ballots. Of those, 233 are provisional and 1,913 are absentee ballots dropped at polling places.

So far, 10,493 ballots have been tallied out of 27,263 registered voters in the county. That voter turnout, 38.5 percent, will likely increase once the uncounted ballots are factored in.

"I think we were anticipating about a 40 percent turnout. Calaveras County is always higher than the state average," said Elections Coordinator Rebecca Turner, who ran unopposed for the county clerk-recorder position.

As of early today, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz was beating challenger Pat Garrahan with 56 percent of the vote.

"If I don't win, obviously I will be disappointed, but I know from my standpoint, I conducted a fair, well-researched campaign … and I feel good about that," Garrahan said.

Unofficial results show a potential November runoff for District 3 on the county Board of Supervisors between incumbent Merita Callaway and Arnold resident Michael Oliveira. Callaway had received nearly 40 percent of the vote, while Oliveira was approaching 33 percent. Mike Borean was in third with nearly 28 percent.

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

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