Election Night

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

Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone - SUBMITTED
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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

Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone - SUBMITTED
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  • Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone
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

Lathe Gill (left) and Lawrence Killoran. - SUBMITTED
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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

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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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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Multi-Candidate, Multi-Group Supervisor Rumble at Labor Temple Tonight

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 10:46 AM

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Five candidates. Nine community groups. Two hours of questions. This is the format for a forum at Eureka's Labor Temple, scheduled to be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

The candidates include contenders for two supervisor's seats, with Fifth District incumbent Ryan Sundberg facing off against challenger Steve Madrone, and the three-way race between Fourth District incumbent Virginia Bass and challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons. You can find previous coverage of the races here and here.

The candidates will be quizzed by representatives from a spectrum of community groups, which includes  The Humboldt Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People’s Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Health Care for All Humboldt, Northcoast Environmental Center, Centro del Pueblo, Move to Amend, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives and True North. These groups represent a variety of issues effecting the local community, including immigration, health care, homelessness and the environment.

The forum will be streamed live on Facebook and available at a later date on Access Humboldt.


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Friday, February 24, 2017

County Elections Office Seeks Injunction Against Fart Joke

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 2:55 PM

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Every year voters receive a small booklet of information that includes a list of candidates, descriptions of upcoming ballot measures and arguments for and against. Most of us give those arguments – 300 words each of pros, cons and one rebuttal apiece – little thought. But most of us aren’t Scotty McClure, a board trustee for the Southern Humboldt Unified School District, vocal Donald Trump supporter, anti-taxxer and civic enthusiast.

When the opportunity arose for residents in the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District to weigh in on Measure W – a special election measure that would create a $170 a year parcel tax within the district’s boundaries, McClure jumped at the opportunity. He labored over his con statement, grudgingly complying with requests it be edited for length. When given the opportunity to answer the pro-measure W’s rebuttal, he shot back with a succinct opinion that couldn't be edited for length: “Insert fart smell here.”


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