MODESTO -- Election officials said Friday that more than 11,000 ballots still need to be counted in Stanislaus County, leaving a number of races undecided until next week.
Lee Lundrigan, the county's clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, said the election office will be closed this weekend and on Monday for Veterans Day. Workers will resume processing the remaining ballots Tuesday so the votes can be tabulated.
Lundrigan said in a news release that 11,000 provisional ballots and hundreds of military, damaged and absentee ballots need to be reviewed and processed before they are counted.
Wednesday through Friday, election workers processed 35,592 vote-by-mail ballots and ran them through high-speed scanning machines to update the tallies in local, state and congressional races.
The updated tally in the 5th Senate District gave Republicans one of the few opportunities to cheer. Bill Berryhill widened his lead over fellow Assembly member Cathleen Galgiani to 4,800 votes. According to the secretary of state, Berryhill had 113,292 votes, or 51.1 percent, to Galgiani's 108,480 votes, or 48.8 percent.
The district includes most of Modesto; the Salida, Riverbank and Empire areas; all of San Joaquin County; and a small piece of Sacramento County. Information wasn't available on uncounted votes in San Joaquin, where almost 69 percent of the district's 384,866 registered voters live.
About 29 percent of the district's voters live in Stanislaus County and 3 percent in Sacramento County.
In Riverbank, Richard O'Brien held a 136-vote margin over Mayor Virginia Madueño. O'Brien had 2,954 votes, or 51 percent, to 2,818 votes, or 48.7 percent, for Madueño, who was elected mayor in 2009 to complete an unexpired term. The two candidates went through this in 2009, when the election night tally showed O'Brien ahead. As the remaining votes were counted, however, he was overtaken by Madueño.
Also undecided was the race for two council seats in Riverbank. Incumbent Jeanine Tucker and Darlene Barber-Martinez were the front-runners, with 1,878 votes, or 20.3 percent, and 1,769 votes, or 19.1 percent, respectively. In the field of seven candidates, Cal Campbell was third, with 1,685 votes, or 18.2 percent.
The Patterson City Council election was too close to call. Dominic Farinha held onto the lead with 1,652 votes, or 21.2 percent. Only 20 votes separated the next two: Dennis McCord with 1,589, or 20.3 percent, and Sheree Lustgarten with 1,569, or 20.1 percent.
In Waterford, incumbents Michael Van Winkle and Jose Aldaco appeared to capture the two council terms. Van Winkle led with 1,180 votes, or 38.5 percent, and Aldaco had 1,026, or 33.5 percent. Aaron Norseen trailed with 841 votes, or 27.4 percent.