Politics & Government

County election officials hope to finish ballot count by Wednesday

County elections officials are continuing to check and double-check about 2,000 provisional ballots from the Nov. 6 election and hope to finish the tallying by Wednesday.

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said she hopes to certify the election results by the end of this week.

As of Friday, more than 2,000 provisional ballots still needed to be processed, including those rejected after elections staff determined the person who filled out the ballot was not eligible to vote in San Luis Obispo County.

Rodewald will double-check all of the rejected provisional ballots, she said.

In addition, elections staff is recounting some of the votes cast on the Grover Beach charter ballot measure, which appears to have failed by four votes.

The measure would change Grover Beach from a general law to a charter city, which supporters said would give the city more control over local affairs and protect it from state money grabs.

It would also exempt the city from paying prevailing wage to workers on construction projects when using only locally generated dollars. Opponents argued that doing so could shortchange workers by reducing their pay.

Rodewald said elections staff manually recounted votes cast in nearly all of the city’s precincts, and will also manually tally provisional ballots as well as votes cast on election night but not processed that evening.

They are also tallying write-in votes cast in the presidential contest as well as four local races: Paso Robles mayor, Paso Robles City Council, Cambria Community Services District and Coast Unified School District.

The unofficial election results can be viewed at http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk/Elections/ElectionsInfo/110612PresGeneralElection.htm.