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Oakdale Races Close, Results Unofficial

POSTED November 10, 2009 4:15 p.m.

Election Day is over but the counting of votes still continues for the Nov. 3 Consolidated District Election canvass process.

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan said that she had her staff working extra hours to get the counting done.

Unofficial tally results from the 13,000 to 15,000 vote by mail (absentee) ballots received in the office in the days immediately leading up to and including Election Day have been released and can be found posted on the election website, www.stanvote.com.

The race for the Division 2 Director of the Oakdale Irrigation District is very close. Currently, only four votes separate the candidates. Division 2 of OID covers the Valley Home area of Oakdale and part of Escalon.

As of the 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 unofficial results, Patricia J. Foard of Valley Home had received 291 total votes, or 50.35 percent of the votes. Herman Doornenbal of Escalon had collected 287 total votes, 49.65 percent of the votes. There were no write-in votes.

For the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees, three seats in Area 2 were up for election, with four candidates vying for the positions.

Challenger Diane Gilbert is leading so far and has received 2,590 total votes, 26.39 percent of the votes. Incumbent Mike House has gathered 2,492 total votes, 25.39 percent of the votes. Incumbent William W. Dyer is next, having collected 2,408 total votes, 24.53 percent of the votes. Incumbent Rick W. Jones has gathered 2,279 total votes, 23.22 percent of the votes.

Voters could vote for up to three candidates in the OJUSD Board of Trustees race. Write-Ins for this race accounted for 46 total votes, .47 percent of the votes. There were nine “Over Votes,” meaning nine ballots showed votes for too many candidates. Meanwhile, “Under Votes” totaled 2,665, meaning that only one or two candidates were selected on those ballots.

Gilbert, a professional fundraiser, collected more than $24,000 in campaign contributions for her campaign, far surpassing the totals that the incumbents raised combined. Gilbert’s contributions were primarily from political and other entities in Southern California and Sacramento.

Reconciliation of each of the 159 polling site rosters and materials for the county started this week. Scanning of the names of Election Day voters located on the polling place rosters has been completed. The office has begun work on a 1 percent hand tally of the vote, which will continue until completed.

The elections office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. California law requires certification of this election to be on or before Monday, Nov. 23. Lundrigan said she believed that the certification would take place prior to that date.

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