In some races, the candidates are tied. In others, the margin is too close to call.
Remaining ballots in a handful of close races in Tuesday’s general election will start being counted today.
A new batch of unaccounted for vote-by-mail ballots discovered Thursday on a bottom shelf in the San Luis Obispo County election office brought the local total to 30,109 ballots left to process.
And, with numerous county races with margins of fewer than 100 votes, according to unofficial election results, new tallies could ultimately shift several outcomes.
The Clerk-Recorder’s Office added 197 ballots to its count Thursday as election staff did a second check for ballots that morning, county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said.
The remaining ballots will begin to be tallied today, the county’s next scheduled counting day.
Rodewald hopes to get through most of the remaining 21,983 vote-by-mail ballots as well as 1,593 ballots that weren’t processed on election night.
New tallies will be posted on the clerk-recorder’s website, www.slovote.com.
Several thousand provisional ballots for close contests won’t be processed until next week.
Elections staff is now checking signatures and preparing the leftover vote-by-mail ballots for counting Friday. They are also working on ballots that need duplication for contests that have close races, according to the news release.
Here’s a look at the county’s closest races as of Thursday:
In two unusual instances, candidates are tied for a seat:
Mary Kalvans and William Mulcahy garnered 58 votes each, putting them both five votes behind second-place finisher Carol Noe. Seventy-one ballots remain to be counted.
Richard Harrison and Larry Reuck each garnered 120 votes. There are 170 ballots outstanding.