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About 7,000 local ballots still need to be counted, SLO clerk-recorder says

There are about 6,200 local absentee and 1,100 provisional ballots from Tuesday’s primary election that remain uncounted, according to Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.

She said Friday she expects the remaining ballots to be counted by the end of next week, with staff working today to keep counting.

The uncounted ballots could affect the county sheriff’s race if votes go predominately to former Supervisor Jerry Lenthall, who finished third.

As it stands, San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson will face retired Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez in the Nov. 2 runoff. Parkinson captured 41 percent of the votes, while Cortez had 18 percent. The gap separating Cortez and Lenthall grew to 983 votes Friday from 770 votes Thursday.

A bond measure in Arroyo Grande to build a new police station narrowly failed.

While it received 65 percent approval, it needed a two-thirds vote, or 66.67 percent, to be approved.

Mike Zimmerman and Paul Teixeira are preparing to move on to November’s runoff election for 4th District county supervisor.

Unofficial results show Zimmerman with 37 percent of votes cast, followed by Teixeira with 32 percent and Jim Guthrie just 196 votes behind him with just under 31 percent.