A final count gives Carol Ann Gordon a seat on the Vallecito Union School District, beating out newcomer Tom Pratt by 31 votes in the last contest to be decided by a final count of provisional ballots completed this week.
Monday’s final results came two weeks after election night results sealed VUSD’s first board spot for another incumbent, Wayne Harrision, who took 30 percent of the electorate.
Only a handful of uncounted votes in Supervisorial Districts 3 and 4 could have decided the seat, one which hinged on fewer than 250 provisional ballots as of last Friday.
Fewer than 30 of those separated Pratt and Gordon headed into this week, an eight-vote pick-up for Gordon, who eventually took that lead to finish with 1,907 votes to Pratt’s 1,876.
Outcomes also remained unchanged in the hard-fought battle for Calaveras Unified School District Area 3, which all but wrapped up last week on news of Planning Commissioner Greg Gustafson’s 3 percentage point cushion over incumbent John Yerman. Gustafson finished Tuesday with 4,859 votes to Yerman’s 4,535.
Elections staff continued a manual count of this week’s final batch of provisional ballots Tuesday morning. They hope to have those results completed and certified Wednesday.
This week’s uncertified results include somewhere around 500 ballots counted since the release of updated absentee and provisional ballots tallied last Tuesday, adding to roughly 5,000 votes counted since Nov. 6.
More than 22,000 Calaveras County voters turned out for this year’s general election, good for a 74 percent turnout and a more than 10 percent improvement over June’s primary participation rate.