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The 2014 primary election is not officially over

June 5, 2014

Seventeen candidates have been whittled down to nine office holders.

The parties are over.

The signs are coming down.

None of the races, with the slimmest possibility of the District 1 County Supervisor race where 49 votes separate winner Larry Johnston from Bill Sauser (see below), are going to a runoff election.

About 54 percent of Mono County’s 5,802 registered voters—3,114 voters—made their choices Tuesday night.

The local election of 2014 across the board was one of the hardest fought in recent times—and it’s not officially over yet.

Although the vote totals are public and candidates are declaring victory, there are still a few more things that need to happen before the June 2014 “semi-official” results become officially state-certified in a few weeks.

“We have to do a manual count of one percent of the vote, in order to be sure the election machine numbers are good,” said Lynda Roberts, registrar of voters, on Wednesday. “That takes some time, to do the entire count, since each ballot (from one randomly selected precinct) must be hand-counted.”

Roberts expects the manual count to take about two to three weeks.

Provisional ballots must also be counted, she said.

In a very close race, such as the 2010 race between District 1 County Supervisor candidates Bill Sauser and Larry Johnston where five votes separated the candidates at the end of election night, provisional ballots might make a difference (they did not).

In the 2014 race, however, although the closest race was once again between Sauser and Johnston, this time the vote spread between the two candidates was 49 votes, with Johnston in the lead.

Provisional ballots are unlikely to change that outcome, Roberts said.

“If we get 70 provisional ballots, that would be a lot,” she said. Then, enough of those ballots would have to include the District 1 race to make a difference and almost every one of those ballots would have to go for Sauser in order to change the election outcome—which is also statistically very unlikely, she said, although not completely impossible.

The county also has a myriad number of reports and data gathering to do for the state, she said, before the state certifies the election and all the numbers are final.

That is expected sometime in late June or early July, she said.

Until then, the election of 2014 is not quite over.

wendilyn@mammothtimes.com

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