Election Night

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It's (Almost) Official: Madrone is Humboldt's Next Fifth District Supervisor

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 8:04 PM

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The Humboldt County Elections Office released its final report this afternoon, and the results have challenger Steve Madrone pulling off an improbable upset over two-term incumbent Ryan Sundberg by 118 votes in the Fifth District supervisorial race.

Madrone trailed in all the early election night tallies before pulling ahead by a slim 33 votes in the final election night report. That lead grew with the post-election update released June 21, which showed him leading by 103 votes, or 1.51 percent. The final tally added 15 votes to Madrone's total, with the challenger having taken 50.71 percent of the vote to Sundberg's 49.05 percent.

The results still need to be certified by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors before the California Secretary of State signs off on them, which is statutorily required to happen by July 13.

Under state law, any California voter or candidate can request a recount — so long as they are willing to pay for it — and must opt to do so within five days of the county's certification of the results. Humboldt County also has the first-of-its-kind Elections Transparency Project, which runs all ballots cast in the county though an optical scanner, scrubs their images of any identifying marks and makes them available, with open-source counting software, to anyone wanting to audit the results. For more information — or to request those ballot images — visit www.electionstransparencyproject.org.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

UPDATE: Madrone's Fifth District Lead Seems Insurmountable

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 3:54 PM

Fifth District challenger Steve Madrone (left), pictured at an election night party, has grown his lead in the Fifth. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Fifth District challenger Steve Madrone (left), pictured at an election night party, has grown his lead in the Fifth.

UPDATE:
Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders just told the Journal that the only ballots that remain outstanding in the Fifth District are the up-to-315 provisional ballots from Election Day, which still haven't been vetted or counted, and another 16 or so vote by mail ballots that have yet to be scanned. With a maximum of 331 ballots outstanding, Madrone's 103-vote lead looks commanding and the race seems just about over. To pull the race out, Sundberg would need to take almost 66 percent of the ballots that remain to be counted.

PREVIOUSLY:
The Humboldt County Elections Office just released its first post-election update, which has challenger Steve Madrone growing his lead in the Fifth District over incumbent Ryan Sundberg to 103 votes, or 1.51 percent of the ballots counted thus far.

Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders said these results still do not include all outstanding ballots in the race. Provisional ballots cast on Election Day — including as many as 315 in the Fifth District — still have not been counted, she said, and some vote-by-mail ballots remain to be tallied, though most of those are from the First and Second supervisorial districts.


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Elections Office: At Least 1,201 Ballots to be Counted in Fifth District Race

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 11:17 AM

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  • Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone
There are at least 1,201 ballots yet to be counted in the neck-and-neck battle for a seat on the board of supervisors representing Humboldt County’s Fifth District, and possibly many more, according to Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders.

Election night ended with challenger Steve Madrone holding a razor-thin, 33-vote lead over two-term incumbent Ryan Sundberg, with 4,796 votes counted in the race.

This morning, Sanders provided the Journal with a breakdown of outstanding ballots in the race. She says the elections office currently has 1,201 Fifth District vote-by-mail ballots that arrived between Monday and yesterday. Additionally, she says 717 vote-by-mail ballots were turned in to polling locations in the Fifth District on Tuesday, though the office has yet to verify whether all of those are Fifth District ballots (voters can drop these ballots at any polling location on Election Day). Additionally, she says 315 provision ballots were cast at Fifth District polling locations on Election Day, though the elections office has yet to vet them to determine how many are valid.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Election Analysis: What History Tells Us About Who Will Take the Fifth

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

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  • Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone

If you’re all aflutter today, opining about who’s going to come out on top in the Fifth District supervisors race, you should probably calm down. There’s a long road ahead.

Challenger Steve Madrone shocked anyone who happened to be watching at 12:40 this morning when the final election night report posted, showing he’d erased a 185-vote deficit and pulled ahead of two-term incumbent Ryan Sundberg by a slim 33 votes. But there are a whole lot of votes left to be counted and — if history is a guide — it’s going to be a few weeks before we get an update. That said, if we're still using history as a guide and intent on doing some educated guessing, the odds appear to favor Madrone.

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Election Rundown: A Reformer's Landslide, a Nail-Biter in the Fifth and What You Missed on Election Night

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 6:08 AM

Incumbent Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg (left) eyes the narrow election results on Mike Pigg's phone. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Incumbent Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg (left) eyes the narrow election results on Mike Pigg's phone.

Tens of thousands of Humboldt County voters hit the polls Tuesday and when the dust settled in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the county had ushered reform into the auditor-controller’s office, handed an incumbent supervisor a third term, picked a judge in a landslide and, well, was still on the fence in a Fifth District supervisorial race that’s too close to call. Here’s the rundown.

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3rd UPDATE: Paz Dominguez Grows Lead in Auditor-Controller Race

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 12:58 AM

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  • Karen Paz Dominguez (left) and Mike Lorig
THIRD UPDATE:
Karen Paz Dominguez continued to grow her lead in the auditor-controller’s race with the final election night report, coming in 1,535 votes ahead of Mike Lorig and garnering 54.34 percent of the ballots tallied in the contest to his 45.28 percent.
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SECOND UPDATE:
The auditor-controller race continues to be close but Karen Paz Dominguez widened her lead a bit with the latest election report, coming in at 51.91 percent to fellow candidate Mike Lorig’s 47.69 percent with 13,172 votes tallied.
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UPDATE:
The auditor-controller race continues to be close in the latest round of numbers released by the Elections Office with Karen Paz Dominguez at 50.75 percent and Mike Lorig at 48.81 percent with 10,667 votes tallied.

Paz Dominguez and Lorig are separated by 207 votes.

PREVIOUSLY:
Karen Paz Dominguez took a slight lead in the surprisingly dramatic race for the auditor-controller post with 50.37 percent of the vote to fellow candidate Mike Lorig's 49.19 percent in early returns (absentee ballots that arrived at the Elections Office before today and early voting).


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3rd UPDATE: Bass Leads in Fourth District Race, Results Unchanged in Final Report

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 12:27 AM

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3rd UPDATE:
The race for Fourth District supervisor remained unchanged in the final election report with Supervisor Virginia Bass still ahead with 57.27 percent of the vote while challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons were separated by one vote at 21.21 and 21.18 percent, respectively.

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2nd UPDATE:
Supervisor Virginia Bass was still ahead at 57.27 percent in the Fourth District contest with the third election night report that only saw another 297 votes counted in the race, while challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons were separated by one vote at 21.21 and 21.18 percent, respectively.

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UPDATE:
Supervisor Virginia Bass kept her substantial lead in the Fourth District race with the second round of election results giving her 58.31 percent of the vote followed by challengers Mary Ann Lyons and Dani Burkhart, who respectively received 20.75 and 20.59 percent of the 3,075 ballots counted.

Lyons and Burkhart are separated by five votes.

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Two-term incumbent Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass took a commanding early lead in her re-election bid over challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons.

Bass, the former mayor of Eureka, has taken 64.63 percent of the early vote, comprised completely of vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the Elections Office prior to today and early voting. Burkhart, an environmental consultant, trails with 17.78 percent of the vote, while educator and community organizer Mary Ann Lyons follows closely behind with 17.34 percent of the early vote tally.


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3rd UPDATE: Madrone Takes Slim Edge in Final Election Night Report

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 12:17 AM

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3rd UPDATE:
In a shocking turn of events, Fifth District challenger Steve Madrone has taken a 33-vote lead in the final election night tally over incumbent Supervisor Ryan Sundberg.

Sundberg led throughout the evening, from the early returns through the third election night report, which saw him with a 185-vote edge, but the final return of the night has catapulted Madrone ahead. He currently has 50.25 percent of the vote to Sandberg's 49.56 with 4,796 votes counted.

But with an unknown number of provisional and late arriving vote-by-mail ballots still to be counted, the race is obviously too close to call.

2nd UPDATE:
Incumbent Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg has built on his early lead in the third election night report, which has him fending off challenger Steve Madrone with 52.66 percent of the vote to Madrone’s 47.19 percent.

Sundberg has taken 54.95 percent of the ballots cast on Election Day thus far, with 3,380 total ballots cast in the race and 185 votes separating the candidates.

1st UPDATE:
The tallies in the Fifth District supervisor race remain unchanged in the second election night report, with zero Fifth District precinct votes having been counted in the updated tally.

Incumbent Ryan Sundberg still leads the race by 73 votes, having taken 51.54 percent of the vote to challenger Steve Madrone’s 48.33 percent, with 2,270 early votes tallied.

PREVIOUSLY:
Incumbent Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg has jumped out to a slim early lead in the first returns of the night, which are entirely comprised of vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the Elections Office before today and early voting.

Sundberg, a two-term incumbent and California Coastal Commissioner, took 51.54 percent of the first tallies with challenger Steve Madrone trailing with 48.33 percent of the vote. The first report from the county elections office included 2,270 ballots cast in the race and has Sundberg leading by 73 votes.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

3rd UPDATE: Killoran Cruises to Judgeship

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 8:21 PM

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  • Lathe Gill (left) and Lawrence Killoran.
3rd UPDATE:
In the final election night tally, Lawrence Killoran cruised to becoming Humboldt County's next superior court judge, taking 65.97 percent of the vote to Lathe Gill's 33.64 percent, with 17,143 ballots counted in the race.

Killoran will take over the seat being vacated by retiring Judge Dale Reinholtsen at the end of the year.

"It's very flattering to have the community come together and who that kind of support," Killoran said of the results. "I'm very pleased."

2nd UPDATE:
Lawrence Killoran continues to steamroll his way toward the Humboldt County bench. The third election night tally, which includes a total of 13,307 ballots counted, has Killoran taking 69.46 percent of the vote to Lathe Gill's 31.11 percent. The tally includes reports from about 40 percent of Humboldt County precincts.

1st UPDATE:
Lawrence Killoran continues to run away with Humboldt County’s first contested judicial race in decades. With the second election night returns, Killoran has 69.39 percent of the vote to Lathe Gill’s 30.15 percent, with 10,723 votes counted and 17 percent of precincts reporting.


PREVIOUSLY:
In Humboldt County’s first contested judicial election in 20 years, attorney Lawrence Killoran has jumped out to a seemingly commanding early lead, taking 70.83 percent of the vote to Lathe Gill's 28.73 percent, in the race to fill the seat retiring Judge Dale Reinholtsen has held for 21 years.

The initial results — which include about 8,474 votes cast in the race — only include the vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the county elections office prior to today and early voting.


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Primary Voting Time! Here's How, Where and Why!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Want a sticker? You have to vote. - FILE
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It's primary season and today is your day to vote! If you're not sure where your polling place is, click here to find it. If you haven't sent your mail-in ballot, you can also drop it off there or at the county elections office.

Many local elected positions are being filled by incumbents without competition, including Sheriff William Honsal, District Attorney Maggie Fleming and Assessor Mari Wilson, although there is always the option to write in an alternative candidate. For elected positions, there has been a lot of chatter and coverage of many of the races, a breakdown of which you can find below.

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