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March 3, 2020

Open election thread

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

There are some key items on the City Council agenda tonight including what to do about West Midway (as the two finalists pulled out of the project) and some very light gun safety ordinances for consideration.

But today’s attention is largely going to be focused on the voting being done locally and in other Super Tuesday states.

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  1. Here pre-election breakdown of voting prior to the release of numbers tonight.

    2019 2020
    Registered 48935 50036
    VBM 37267 39806
    Returned 13379 12127
    Democrats 7890 7873
    NPP 3537 1189
    Republicans 1767 1653

    1100 more registered voters from last year’s special election on the wellness center.
    Returned vote by mail ballots is down by 1250. Democrats have returned the same number of votes as last year. NPP are way down.

    Tonight between 8:15 and 8:30 the ROV will release the first set of results. These will be ballots mailed in and have been verified by ROV personnel. I estimate the number will be between 8,000 and 8,500 votes.

    Finally, here is a recap of the 2016 primary.

    Hillary 107102 164889 57787
    Sanders 91324 153955 62631
    198426 318844 120418
    15778 10934 -4844

    Hillary was leading by 15,778 on election day and Sanders closed the gap to 10934 when all of the vote by mail ballots were counted.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 3, 2020 @ 12:24 pm

    • For VBM ballots to be verified (and reported out) as of tonight, I assume they would have been cast prior to Saturday? If so, might enable a comparison not just of mail in vs same day, but also information available to voter at time of vote.

      Comment by MP — March 3, 2020 @ 1:16 pm

  2. Interesting disclaimer on ROV site. Not sure how this will affect results being tonight.

    Early Ballot Retrieval Public Notice
    The Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ Office directs precinct boards to seal the ballot container prior to the closing of the polls, 3:00 PM Election day, in accordance with the procedures set forth in California Election Codes 14420 and 14421.

    As soon as the container is sealed, the Alameda County ROV will direct two elections officials to remove the sealed ballot container of voted untallied ballots from the polling place and in the presence of any bystanders and to deliver the container to our central counting location as directed.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 3, 2020 @ 6:28 pm

    • ELECTIONS CODE – ELEC
      DIVISION 14. ELECTION DAY PROCEDURES [14000 – 14443] ( Division 14 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )
      CHAPTER 4. Closing of the Polls [14400 – 14443] ( Chapter 4 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )

      ARTICLE 2. Elections Using Voting Systems [14420 – 14422] ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )

      14420. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c), before or as soon as the polls are closed, the precinct board shall remove the voted ballots from the ballot container and take them out of the secrecy envelopes or detach them from the secrecy stubs. Where the envelope or stub is also the write-in ballot, and a write-in vote has been registered thereon, the ballot card shall not be separated from the envelope or stub. If two or more separate ballot cards have been used in the election, the precinct board shall sort them into groups, each of which shall contain the same series of ballot cards.
      (b) After completing the action described in subdivision (a), the precinct board shall count the number of ballot cards in each group, and certify the number of ballots cast on the voting roster as provided by Section 14107. If there is any discrepancy between the number of voters listed in the roster and the number of ballots voted, this fact shall be noted with an explanation of the difference and signed by all the members of the precinct board.
      (c) Before or at the close of the polls, the county elections official may direct the precinct board to seal the ballot container and record on forms provided by the elections official the information needed for the reconciliation of ballots required by Section 14405.
      (Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 725, Sec. 2. (AB 363) Effective January 1, 2016.)

      14421. Unless the county elections official has directed the precinct board to seal the ballot container and record information pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 14420, the precinct board shall group voted ballot cards and voted separate write-in ballots, as directed by the elections official, and place them in containers. The board shall also place spoiled and void ballots, if any, in containers as directed by the elections official. All of these ballots, along with the containers for voted ballot cards, shall be placed in one or more boxes, which shall then be sealed and delivered as soon as possible to the receiving centers or central counting places with the unused ballots, supplies, and other materials as directed by the elections official.
      (Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 725, Sec. 3. (AB 363) Effective January 1, 2016.)

      14422. (a) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the county elections official may direct a precinct board to seal the ballot container prior to the closing of the polls, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Sections 14420 and 14421.
      (2) Notwithstanding Section 14215, as soon as the container is sealed, the county elections official may direct at least two elections officials to remove the sealed ballot container of voted untallied ballots from the polling place and the presence of any bystanders and to deliver the container to a receiving center or central counting place as directed.
      (3) At least 48 hours in advance of an election, the elections official shall notify the public of the dates, times, and places at which ballot containers will be delivered pursuant to this subdivision.
      (b) Upon receipt of a container at a receiving center or central counting place pursuant to subdivision (a), the county elections official may process the voted untallied ballots, but shall not tally the ballots or release any results prior to the closing of the polls.
      (c) The Secretary of State shall adopt regulations addressing the secure delivery and transfer of ballots to a receiving center or central counting place pursuant to this section.
      (d) This section shall not be construed as relieving a precinct board of its responsibility to account for ballots pursuant to Section 14405.
      (Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 725, Sec. 4. (AB 363) Effective January 1, 2016.)

      Comment by MP — March 3, 2020 @ 7:16 pm

  3. Per Twitter account results have been updated at 830. Unfortunately the site is not accessible.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 3, 2020 @ 8:38 pm

  4. Measure A is losing. Not looking good with only 56% Yes, A huge deficit to overcome. Prior parcel tax election that made a comeback started in mid 60% Yes votes. Only 5300 votes tabulated so more to come.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 3, 2020 @ 9:07 pm

  5. Wow. Looks the next batch vote by mail results released and Measure A is up to 60%. That is encouraging.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 3, 2020 @ 9:53 pm

  6. 12 midnight update. Measure A is up to 61.77%. Now the question will be will voter turnout be large enough to get over 66.67%.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 4, 2020 @ 12:26 am

  7. 1am update. Measure A is up to 62.79%. Vote by mail ballots that will be counted in coming days will determine if Measure A can get to 66.667%.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 4, 2020 @ 1:33 am

  8. Ballot day voters tally completed at 2am. Voters at the polls voted over 70% for Measure A. So Measure A Yes percentage went from 60,9% to 63.1%.

    Now question will be how many vote by mail ballots will remain and will they match the voting patterns of late voters. We have a better idea of the numbers after Thursday evening when the first batch of numbers will be released along a count of remaining ballots.

    Right now my model shows it 50/50 on passing.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 4, 2020 @ 7:15 am

    • Final results published by the Registrar show breakdowns between same day and mail in’s; does the Registrar also make available a final list of containing each stage of its reporting, e.g. early mails at 8:30PM, 10:30PM, 1AM, etc.?

      Comment by MP — March 4, 2020 @ 7:46 am

      • No you have to keep track of the numbers separately which I have done for the past 10 elections. Right now there are over 7000 VBM ballots received on Election Day that will need to be verified and tabulated. Then we will have the walked in VBM ballots. So now Measure A has a 60% chance of passing.

        Comment by Mike McMahon — March 4, 2020 @ 8:06 am

        • Thank you

          Comment by MP — March 4, 2020 @ 8:32 am

  9. It looks like measure A failed. B looks like it passed, Prop 13 failed. When it came down to it $15,000,000,000 seem like too much. I just couldn’t grasp the concept. If it was $50,000,000 for Perata Colleges I might have voted yes I didn’t vote on the Candidates I didn’t know anything about. I didn’t think that would be responsible since I didn’t take the time to find out more about them. The election sort of snuck up on me and I thought I had more time. I am usually more involved but this year I wasn’t.

    Comment by joelsf — March 4, 2020 @ 8:40 am


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