3,200 mail-in ballots left to be counted in Gilroy

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There are 3,200 outstanding mail-in ballots to be counted in the
Gilroy area after Tuesday’s election, City Clerk Shawna Freels
reported today.
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There are 3,200 outstanding mail-in ballots to be counted in the Gilroy area after Tuesday’s election, City Clerk Shawna Freels reported today.

Freels said the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters gave her that update about the remaining ballots to counted from the 8,687 total mail-in ballots from Gilroy.

Elma Rosas, spokeswoman for the registrar of voters, said mail-in ballots received before 8 p.m. Nov. 1 were included in the results released at 8 p.m. Tuesday on its sccgov.org website.

The county registrar still has 135,000 mail-in ballots and 18,000 provisional ballots to count.

“The 135,000 were received in the mail or dropped off Tuesday at polling places or at city clerk offices,” Rosas said.

In Gilroy, two races could be affected after the total mail-in ballot counting is completed by 5 p.m. Monday.

In the Gilroy City Council race, 318 votes separate incumbent Peter Arellano from challenger and former Councilman Paul Kloecker, Arellano stands at 2,865 votes, Kloecker at 2,547.

Peter Leroe-Muñoz, with 3,064 votes, and incumbent Dion Bracco, with 2,921 votes, lead the seven-candidate field for the three open seats. Leroe-Muñoz, Bracco and Arellano would win the three open seats as the current leaders.

The other candidates are Kloecker; Art Barron, 1,953 votes; Russ Valiquette, 1,601 votes; and Pasquale Greco, 1,232 votes.

In the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education race, the race is extremely tight. Incumbent Denise Apuzzo is looking up at the field of five candidates running for four seats, but only 206 votes separate her from Tom Bundros, in fourth place, and only 216 separate her from Francisco Dominguez in third place. Dom Payne leads Apuzzo by 231 votes. Only incumbent Jaime Rosso, who leads the field with 5,096 votes, seems untouchable given the outstanding ballots.

The count is: Payne, 3,900; Francisco Dominguez, 3,885; Tom Bundros, 3,875; and Apuzzo, 3,669.

According to Freels, the county has decided to push forward with another round of processing of votes with an update by 7 p.m tonight on sccgov.org.

Rosas confirmed the update. She said Wednesday that the registrar of voters would count 100,000 ballots to be posted to sccgov.org at 5 p.m. Friday and the remaining 35,000 would be counted and posted to the website at 5 p.m. Monday.

Rosas said she did not know how many of Gilroy’s 3,200 outstanding ballots would be posted at 7 p.m. tonight.

With the high amount of mail-in ballots received, the county projected at least 67 percent would be voted by mail, she said her office has been busy counting them.

“Vote-by-mail ballots need to be signature checked and verified before they are counted,” she said.

There is no timetable for when the provisional ballots will be counted, but Rosas said the county registrar of voters has 28 days to complete and certify the election.

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