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A month after Super Tuesday, some votes are still being counted

In the wake of a global pandemic, Santa Clara County takes extra weeks to count votes while San Mateo County sticks to the original deadline

Remember the primary elections last month?

Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has struck, and local elections offices have had to figure out how to comply with public health directives while continuing to count and verify ballots.

Under normal, non-pandemic circumstances, county election offices are required to report their final election counts to the state within 30 days after Election Day.

San Mateo County stuck to the original deadline and certified its election results Wednesday, April 1, but Santa Clara County lags behind. The county now plans to certify its results before an extended deadline of April 24.

On March 20, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order extending the period during which votes are counted and verified an additional three weeks, from April 3 to April 24.

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"This will give county elections officials the time to complete their vote counting and required auditing while adhering to public health guidelines. California's election results will still be certified well before the Presidential Primary nominating contests conclude in other states," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a press statement.

"Our democracy will not be halted by this pandemic. We will adapt to new circumstances and continue to provide free and fair elections for our citizens," he said.

District 13 state Senate race

In California's 13th Senate district, which runs from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale and along the coastside and is home to roughly 1 million people, the final numbers to determine which two candidates will move forward to the November general election are still being counted.

With the vast majority of votes counted, Democrat Josh Becker, a Menlo Park resident, holds a strong lead with 66,400 votes, or 23.8% of the total number of votes cast for the seat. Republican Alex Glew, a Los Altos resident, continues to hold the second-place position, though the margin has narrowed in the weeks following Election Day as Democrat Sally Lieber (from Mountain View) has inched closer, thanks largely to the strong support she received in Santa Clara County. As of Thursday, April 2, Glew had 48,360 votes, or 17.3%, while Lieber held 47,740 votes, or 17.1%. Read our profiles of the candidates here.

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Foothill-De Anza Community College District measures

Measure G, the $898 million bond measure for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, as of Thursday has just under 59% of the vote, which surpasses the 55% threshold for passage. The bond will cover about 60% of the estimated $1.5 billion in infrastructure and capital needs at the community colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino, from student and staff housing to technology and security upgrades.

The community college's $48 parcel tax, however, Measure H, is still falling short of approval with 62.6% "yes" votes as of Thursday. (The measure needs 66.6% of "yes" votes to pass.) Measure H would have provided the two community colleges with approximately $5.6 million annually over five years to help fund housing assistance for students and staff, mental health services, tutoring and services to address student food insecurity and homelessness.

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A month after Super Tuesday, some votes are still being counted

In the wake of a global pandemic, Santa Clara County takes extra weeks to count votes while San Mateo County sticks to the original deadline

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Uploaded: Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 5:20 pm

Remember the primary elections last month?

Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has struck, and local elections offices have had to figure out how to comply with public health directives while continuing to count and verify ballots.

Under normal, non-pandemic circumstances, county election offices are required to report their final election counts to the state within 30 days after Election Day.

San Mateo County stuck to the original deadline and certified its election results Wednesday, April 1, but Santa Clara County lags behind. The county now plans to certify its results before an extended deadline of April 24.

On March 20, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order extending the period during which votes are counted and verified an additional three weeks, from April 3 to April 24.

"This will give county elections officials the time to complete their vote counting and required auditing while adhering to public health guidelines. California's election results will still be certified well before the Presidential Primary nominating contests conclude in other states," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a press statement.

"Our democracy will not be halted by this pandemic. We will adapt to new circumstances and continue to provide free and fair elections for our citizens," he said.

District 13 state Senate race

In California's 13th Senate district, which runs from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale and along the coastside and is home to roughly 1 million people, the final numbers to determine which two candidates will move forward to the November general election are still being counted.

With the vast majority of votes counted, Democrat Josh Becker, a Menlo Park resident, holds a strong lead with 66,400 votes, or 23.8% of the total number of votes cast for the seat. Republican Alex Glew, a Los Altos resident, continues to hold the second-place position, though the margin has narrowed in the weeks following Election Day as Democrat Sally Lieber (from Mountain View) has inched closer, thanks largely to the strong support she received in Santa Clara County. As of Thursday, April 2, Glew had 48,360 votes, or 17.3%, while Lieber held 47,740 votes, or 17.1%. Read our profiles of the candidates here.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District measures

Measure G, the $898 million bond measure for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, as of Thursday has just under 59% of the vote, which surpasses the 55% threshold for passage. The bond will cover about 60% of the estimated $1.5 billion in infrastructure and capital needs at the community colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino, from student and staff housing to technology and security upgrades.

The community college's $48 parcel tax, however, Measure H, is still falling short of approval with 62.6% "yes" votes as of Thursday. (The measure needs 66.6% of "yes" votes to pass.) Measure H would have provided the two community colleges with approximately $5.6 million annually over five years to help fund housing assistance for students and staff, mental health services, tutoring and services to address student food insecurity and homelessness.

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Comments

Gary
Sylvan Park
on Apr 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Apr 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm
3 people like this

The lone Republican on the ballot in the state Senate race, Alex Glew, is in second place by only 620 votes with additional counting only in Santa Clara County where former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber does much better than Mr. Glew. If Alex Glew is in the runoff against Josh Becker of Menlo Park, Becker will likely win 2-1. If Sally Lieber makes the top-two against a fellow Democrat, it would be close in November.


dirty campaign agains Lieber appalling
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2020 at 4:52 pm
dirty campaign agains Lieber appalling, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2020 at 4:52 pm
1 person likes this

Sally Lieber should sue the four special interest groups that spent total of $373,094.83 in mailers, online ads, research and consultants intended to smear her reputation. Have no idea what Lyft and Dentists and Edison Electric have to do with each other but the individuals responsible need to be called out. Since Trump took over 3 years ago, anything goes. After all if the POTUS can indulge in name calling, smearing of reputations and bullying, then it must be OK right???

The groups are funded by medical malpractice insurers, Chevron, Lyft, the California Dentist Association and Edison International, the business arm of Southern California Edison, the utility company. Web Link


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 12:45 pm
2 people like this

So with San Mateo County done counting, we will need to see whether the lead there for Alex Glew over Sally Lieber is overcome by more votes to be counted just in Santa Clara County. The trouble (for Sally Lieber) is that the 13th State Senate District is two-thirds in San Mateo County and 5 of 6 candidates got many votes in both counties. Closing the gap seems unlikely. As to the hit pieces, my reaction was (as I posted on an article), that they were dishonest hit pieces from thinly disguised special interests. I saw that Sally Lieber tried to respond to the hit pieces - at least in this area. I do not know about the whole district. Voters mostly waited until the last 3 days to vote. But many voted earlier. While we can only guess without more information and polling, I would guess that the hit pieces will have kept Sally Lieber out of the runoff (if she falls short). And if Mr. Glew (or, with a Ph.D. from Stanford, Dr. Glew if he prefers) is in the runoff as a Republican against Democrat Josh Becker, there just is no real contest for the seat in November - absent a huge scandal. Registered Republicans are 22% (if I recall) in the District.


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:25 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:25 pm
2 people like this

State Senate district 13 is 49% registered Democrats, 32% no party affiliation and just 15% registered Republicans.


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Apr 7, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Apr 7, 2020 at 1:34 pm
2 people like this

So. Let's see if I am up-to-date and counting correctly. It appears counting in San Mateo County has been completed. There, Alex Glew received 32,624 votes ahead of Sally Lieber with 23,082 - a deficit of 9,542 votes to make a runoff against top vote-getter/Democrat Josh Becker. Vote counting continues in Santa Clara County. The last count reported online has Democrat Lieber with 24,658 votes ahead of Republican Glew with 15,934 - a lead of 8,924 votes. So currently Sally Lieber is short in Santa Clara County of closing the gap by 618 votes. In a big field of candidates, that is a big gap to close. But the questions are how many ballots must still be counted in Santa Clara County and whether those ballots would be sufficiently more for Sally Leiber than is the overall trend. I am afraid Sally Lieber will come up a little short. And I say "afraid" partly because (as I stated above) a Republican has virtually no chance (absent a huge scandal or untimely death) of winning in a November runoff in the 13th state Senate District. Special interests may not even offer to fund a runoff campaign by Alex Glew. But at least both Becker and Glew have said they oppose the likes of SB 50, for example, a proposed state law that would have authorized development applicants to erect mid-rise multi-family market-rate housing (with little or no onsite parking) in every residential neighborhood in the District.


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