County Pulse: Official election results show low turnout in Stanislaus County

Posted by Ken Carlson on June 26, 2014 

In Stanislaus County, voter turnout for the June 3 election was 26.4 percent, far lower than the four previous gubernatorial primaries going back to 1998.

According to the final statement, almost 45,700 voters used mail ballots and 10,130 marched to the polls to mark ballots that included local and state races, a congressional primary and two statewide propositions. Stanislaus was the first of the 58 counties in California to certify its election results.

County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan said her office has been contacted about costs of recounting ballots in the state controller’s race. Three weeks after Election Day, Democrat Betty Yee and former Assembly Speaker John Pérez still were fighting for second place and a berth in the November election against Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. Fewer than 1,000 votes separated them.

In a recount, Yee and Pérez likely would have ballots recounted in areas of the state where they did well. Recount costs are covered by those who request the process.

In Stanislaus County, Swearengin led a field of six candidates with 29 percent, Pérez was third with 20 percent and Yee was fourth with 15 percent. The final statewide tally is expected next week.

Eyes are turning to the Nov. 4 election. That ballot will include elections for the cities of Hughson, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock and Waterford. Several school boards and special districts are on the ballot, as well.

Three of the cities are putting important ballot measures before voters. Turlock could start electing council members by district with Measure A and will establish a half-cent road tax if Measure B receives two-thirds approval. Oakdale’s Measure Y is a sales tax extension for general services, and Newman could set an urban growth boundary with Measure Z.

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