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November 16, 2016

By the numbers

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

A new batch of numbers was uploaded to the Alameda ROV website on Monday.  Here are the new totals for the City Council:


While not a straight comparison here are the numbers from 2014:


From a raw vote total both successful City Council members Malia Vella and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft will have exceeded the total number of ballot cast for Trish Spencer.  Malia Vella will have brought in more votes than current Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese.



  1. When all of the ballots are tabulated Tony Daysog will end up with more the both Mayoral candidates from 2014 also. As you pointed out this is an apple and orange comparison. 2014 voter turnout was under 50% while 2016 voter turnout will be above 70%.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 16, 2016 @ 8:23 am

    • You beat me to it. It looks like in the non-presidential and non-rent control year, 2014, about 22-23K voters turned out. This year, it looks like we are already at 31K+ before the official tally (based on B1 yes and no’s only and without a figure for under votes).

      Comment by MP — November 16, 2016 @ 8:40 am

  2. What are over and under votes?

    Comment by dave — November 16, 2016 @ 2:36 pm

    • Over votes are when someone completes a ballot and make more choices than is allowed. For example, if someone selected three candidates for City Council when you are suppose to vote for no more than two votes. In a ballot measure, it is more rare when a ballot selects Yes and No. Under votes are easier to understand. Someone who bullet votes for one candidate in a multiple candidate opening or completes skips a race between two candidates.

      In the 2014 Mayoral election there were 1,559 under votes and 16 over votes. In that race, Spencer won by 120 votes.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — November 16, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

  3. ROV has processed all of the Vote by Mail ballots and a significant number of Provisional Ballots as of Wednesday. Roloff broke the 10,000 vote threshold and Daysog broke 11,000 votes barrier. Alameda voter turnout has passed 75%.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

  4. Final results have been posted by Alameda County ROV. Highlights include:

    Turnout citywide is between 79% and 80%.

    Vote by mail ballots accounted for 73% of the total count.

    Roloff with 10,442 came within 46 votes of Mayor’s vote total from 2014. Her best performance against Daysog came from ballot day voters where she edge Daysog 2,999 to 2,876.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 19, 2016 @ 11:59 am

  5. BTW, to confirm that Alameda County is a bubble within the bubble that is California:

    Hillary Clinton – 514,842 78%
    Donald Trump – 95,922 15%

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 19, 2016 @ 7:41 pm

    • An explanation on how the bubble will work.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — November 20, 2016 @ 9:03 am

    • In California, after LA County, it appears Alameda County also has the greatest vote differential between Hillary & Trump, compared to all other Cali counties; 25 of which went majority for Trump. Since CA has 58 counties, & almost half went for Trump, I wouldn’t call CA a “Bubble”. But Alameda County is definitely the most Hillarious & Bubbleicious of all CA counties.

      Comment by vigi — November 20, 2016 @ 1:53 pm

      • Yes, vigi, the counties without any people in them voted for Trump, just like all the states with a large share of rural voters.

        Comment by BMac — November 20, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

        • So, the people in rural counties and/or states [who grow crops, raise food animals, etc.]..their votes shouldn’t count. They should just let city-dwellers vote for them. BMac probably thinks milk & cheese come from supermarkets, not from cows. fruits & veggies come from delivery trucks, not farms..

          Comment by vigi — November 29, 2016 @ 7:21 pm

        • One person, one vote. Not one county, one vote, vigi. Is that a hard concept to grasp, that Alturas might not count as much as Alameda?

          Comment by BMac — November 30, 2016 @ 9:55 am

  6. Here are the precinct results for the City Council race. Malia Vella dominance in the West End proved to be the winning margin over Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

    In addition, the strong Get Out the Vote by the Measure B campaign proved to be effective as Alameda city had the highest voter turnout for Alameda County.

    Finally there were two winners in the Election Prediction Guessing Contest, Ron Mooney and Matt Bliven with a total of 51 points out of a possible 83 points.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 29, 2016 @ 8:57 am

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