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Placer County Elections Office ‘hopeful’ certification comes Wednesday

Several Auburn area races hang in the balance
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer County Elections Office remains “hopeful” that it will meet its self-imposed deadline of certifying the Nov. 6 elections Wednesday, said Ryan Ronco, assistant registrar.

“We worked through this last weekend and the weekend before that as well. We are working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. usually, sometimes 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., to try to be able to make that deadline,” Ronco said on Tuesday. “So we’re working hard so that we can hopefully be able to finish up and give everybody the final results, and put a nice, tidy bow on this election.”  

Ronco said there’s still a chance that certification could take longer. State law allows 28 days after an election before it must be certified.

Along with counting the remaining 43,090 ballots that had yet to be added to election night totals that left several local races too close to call, the elections office conducts a canvassing process that ensure votes were properly counted.

As of Tuesday, all vote-by-mail ballots had been counted and some provision ballots had yet to be verified, Ronco said. The Placer County Elections Office has opted not to release updated totals until the count is final.

The Auburn City Council race for two seats is one of the most contentious, with just two votes separating challenger Gary Moffat (2,375 votes) and incumbent Keith Nesbitt (2,373), while the other incumbent, Dr. Bill Kirby, holds the overall lead by 44 (2,419).

There are 9,500 ballots yet to be added to the count in Supervisor District 5, which encompasses Auburn’s city limits and stretches east to the shores of Lake Tahoe.

 

Jon Schultz can be reached at jons@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_AJNews