It will likely be the first week of December before Yolo County residents know the final vote totals of local races, including the races for Winters City Council and the school district Trustee Area Two.
This election saw an immense number of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off on Election Day, including through the postal service, ballot drop boxes and voter assistance centers, according to county elections officials, and adding to the challenge was “an unprecedented amount of conditional and provisional ballots, primarily due to same-day voter registrations associated with UC Davis students.”
As of last Thursday, an estimated 22,000 ballots countywide remained to be counted and those conditional and provisional ballots required more staff time to process.
“As such, it is estimated that our office will need the entire 30 days to officially certify the election results,” said Jesse Salinas, the county’s clerk-recorder/assessor/registrar of voters.
Those 30 days are what the state allows for counties to count ballots and certify results — a lengthy time period that Yolo County has rarely needed in the past.
Not so this time.
But Salinas said every effort will be made to provide unofficial updates frequently and to certify the election as soon as possible.
After results were posted early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 3, no additional updates have been provided and none would occur until Tuesday, Nov. 15, the elections office said. A subsequent update to vote totals will follow on Friday, Nov. 18.
As of Tuesday, the City Council race results had Albert Vallecillo with 981 (22.89 percent), Carol Scianna with 919 (21.45 percent), Richard Casavecchia with 915 (21.35 percent), Lisa Baker with 863 (20.14 percent) and Michael Olivas with 607 (14.17 percent).
The Winters Trustee Area Two race had Incumbent Carrie Green with 246 (63.08 percent) and Challenger Robert Warren with 144 (36.92 percent).
The county elections office has until Dec. 8 to sort out how many registered voters actually voted, and members of the public are welcome to observe the canvassing process.
Elections workers will be working extended hours — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — on weekdays and some holiday weekends until the election is certified. That work takes place in the elections office located at 625 Court St., Suite B-05, in Woodland. Those interested in observing are encouraged to contact the elections office for the most up-to-date schedule.
Contact the office at 530-666-8133.
Updated from the print edition to reflect City Council and Trustee Area Two vote totals as of Nov. 15.