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Thousands of Auburn votes yet to be counted

Effect on City Council race could be significant
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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The latest numbers from the Placer County Elections Office reinforce the notion that there is still much to be determined before winners emerge for the two available seats on the Auburn City Council.

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

How many of those ballots affect the City Council results is unclear, but since Auburn is the most densely populated area in the district, the impact could be significant – especially considering there’s only a two-vote difference between two candidates, said Ryan Ronco, assistant registrar of voters for the Placer County Elections Office.

The count as of election night showed Dr. Bill Kirby leading with 2,419 votes, with Gary Moffat trailing by 44 and Keith Nesbitt two behind Moffat. Kirby and Nesbitt are incumbents, while this is Moffat’s first time running for office.

In Placer County as a whole, 43,090 ballots had yet to be counted as of Thursday – a majority of them are mail-in ballots along with some provisional ballots, according to the Placer County Elections Office.

State law allows 28 days after an election for results to be certified, but the county is aiming to be done by Thanksgiving, Ronco said.

District 5 also encompasses North Auburn, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Applegate, Kings Beach, Tahoe City and other small communities.