Election Night

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Tribal Chair: 'Huge Discrepancy' in Hoopa Election Results Being Referred to U.S. Attorney, Sheriff's Office for Investigation

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 5:15 PM

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Hoopa Valley Tribal Chair Byron Nelson Jr. said in a statement today that a recount of election results “indicated a huge discrepancy in the number of calculated votes” for one district and findings suggest “individuals and potentially groups of individuals have engaged in efforts to manipulate election results.”

The matter, he said, will be referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office “for further investigation and action to hold the responsible parties accountable.”

“The General Election of the Hoopa Valley Tribe June 16, 2020 unofficial results were calculated wrong,” his statement reads. “As a result of recounting the Norton Field District election ballots, the Hoopa Valley Tribe declared Arnold ‘Deacon’ Ferris the official winner of his District.”

According to a Two Rivers Tribune story republished on the Redheaded Blackbelt website in collaboration with the paper, Ferris formally requested a recount on June 18 due to the three-vote margin in the race between him and Ryan Jackson, a former tribal chair, as well as other potential issues.

A June 23 recount found Ferris won by 80 votes.

“Yes, we are all angry that something as sacred and personal as our right to vote was tampered with. I am encouraging us all to focus on the solution, not the problem. We’ve spent enough time pointing fingers and tearing one another down. I would like to focus on the obviously broken system that would allow such blatant cheating,” Ferris told the Two Rivers Tribune. “Obviously, election reform has been added to my ever-growing list of priorities. One member’s vote being tampered with or uncounted is one too many in my opinion.”

He also thank Jackson for his service and wished him and his family well.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

UPDATE: Bohn Cruises, Fennell Faces a Possible Runoff and Everything Else You Need to Know from Election Night

Posted By and on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 6:21 AM

Humboldt County voters heavily supported a pair of incumbent Humboldt County supervisors on Election Day, while leaving a property tax assessment to fund one of the area’s largest fire departments hanging in the balance.

In the First District, Supervisor Rex Bohn, a two-term incumbent who has held his seat since taking over in 2012 for the retiring Jimmy Smith, easily dispatched radio personality Cliff Berkowitz. Bohn, who jumped out to a commanding early lead and never looked back, took 65 percent of the vote to Berkowitz’s 35 percent to win another four-year term.
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Berkowitz conceded the race this morning, thanking his supporters and offering congratulations to his opponent while stating he “ran a good campaign” and the incumbent “began espousing many of the ideas I have supported” as the election neared.

“I hope that he will uphold his reputation for follow through by continuing to support these ideas,” Berkowitz wrote in the concession statement. “The people who voted for me will hold him accountable for being a supervisor for all of us.” Read the full statement at the end of the story.

In the Second District, two-term incumbent Estelle Fennell dominated a colorful batch of challengers but may face a November runoff in order to retain the seat she’s held since her election in 2012. In the final Election Night tally, Fennell took 49.92 percent of the vote and held a 1,081 vote lead over her closest runner up, Southern Humboldt rancher and business owner Michelle Bushnell, who finished with 29.93 percent of the vote. With an unknown number of ballots left to be counted in the race, this leaves Fennell tantalizingly close to the 50-percent threshold she would need to eclipse to avoid a runoff with Bushnell in November.

Meanwhile, Michael McKaskle, a Redway man who’s served on a variety of community boards, finished third in the race with 11.3 percent of the vote, followed by retired Hydesville Water District Director Rick French with 4.47 percent and Redway operations consultant Sean DeVries with 4.38 percent.

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Up in the Arcata Fire District, which stretches from Bayside through McKinleyville and west to the Samoa Peninsula, voters appear to have narrowly voted down a special property tax estimated to bring an additional $2.2 million to the district, which officials say would allow it to maintain current staffing levels and rebuild depleted reserve funds. Measure R — which proponents said was crucial to avoid the closure of a fire station and the elimination of six firefighter positions — needed two-thirds of the vote to pass and appears to have fallen short, with 60.08 percent of district voters supporting it, though the race remains too close to call.

Local school bond measures, meanwhile, had a mixed day. Funding efforts in the Cuddeback Union School District were decisively voted down, while one for the Bridgeville Elementary School District appeared to pass narrowly. Another that would raise $18 million for facility repairs and upgrades at Eureka City Schools was too close to call.

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On the national level, incumbent North Coast Representative Jared Huffman (D) took a commanding 65 percent of the vote in his Second Congressional District and will square off against Republican challenger Dale Mensing, who tallied 23 percent, in November. Humboldt County also joined a host of counties spread through 14 Super Tuesday states in casting presidential primary ballots, with all eyes on the race for the Democratic nomination to see who will take on President Donald Trump in November.

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Humboldt County Democrats overwhelmingly preferred Bernie Sanders, giving him 48 percent of the vote, followed by Joe Biden, who took 17 percent, Elizabeth Warren with 15 percent and Mike Bloomberg with 6 percent. Statewide, Sanders took about 33 percent of the final Election Day tally, followed by Biden with 24 percent, Bloomberg with 15 percent and Warren with 12 percent (with 93 percent of California precincts reporting).

Based on the preliminary returns, it also looks like Humboldt County had a relatively large turnout in the primary, with 29,585 residents casting ballots thus far, or 980 more than at this point in the last presidential primary in 2016.

Find the full Final Election Night Report here.

Read Cliff Berkowitz's concession statement below:
I would like to like to thank all the people who voted; participation in the process is at the heart of our democracy. Thank you to all my volunteers and supporters for their hours of tireless work. I would like to particularly acknowledge the hard work and support from Claire Josefine, my campaign organizer, my family, and my wife Amy. So many people worked diligently to get our message out there, and in this arena, we succeeded. Issues that are now at the forefront of public discourse are there because of the work we all did. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters, walked door to door, made phone calls, put up signs, and supported me in myriad other ways.

Congratulations to Rex. He ran a good campaign. As the election neared, he began espousing many of the ideas I have supported. I encourage him to stick with them. He has embraced the idea of a Tribal Liaison, expanding Housing First county wide, begun talking about addressing the climate crisis with shovel-ready plans, and more. I hope that he will uphold his reputation for follow through by continuing to support these ideas. The people who voted for me will hold him accountable for being a supervisor for all of us.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

First District: It's Bohn in a Landslide in Final Election Night Report

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 8:25 PM

( from left to right ) Cliff Berkowitz, Rex Bohn
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FINAL ELECTION NIGHT REPORT:
Incumbent First District Supervisor Rex Bohn has breezed to re-election, taking 65 percent of the votes tallied thus far.

While an unknown number of ballots remain to be counted in the race, Bohn has dominated throughout and now holds a 1,900-vote lead over challenger Cliff Berkowitz, who’s taken 35 percent of the more than 6,200 ballots counted thus far.


THIRD REPORT:
As results continue to trickle in, incumbent Rex Bohn remains well ahead in the First District race for county supervisor against radio personality Cliff Berkowitz.

With just more 2,000 Election Day votes counted, Bohn had 65.3 percent of the votes to Berkowitz’s 34.7 percent. The two candidates are separated by 1,820 votes in the third election report of the evening.

SECOND REPORT:

Incumbent Supervisor Rex Bohn continued to lead in the race against radio personality Cliff Berkowitz to represent the county’s First District seat in the second set of Election Night results.

Bohn has 64.73 percent of the vote to Berkowitz’s 35.27. With just 913 Election Day votes added to the mix, the two candidates are separated by 1,429 votes.

FIRST REPORT:

Initial election results gave Rex Bohn, the two-term incumbent, an early lead in the race for the First District county supervisor seat against radio personality Cliff Berkowitz.

Bohn received 66.84 percent of the vote in the initial tallies, which only include vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the Humboldt County Elections Office before today and early votes cast at the headquarters prior to Election Day.

He is separated from Berkowitz — who received 33.16 percent of the early results — by 1,326 votes.

This is the first contested race in the sprawling district that stretches from the far reaches of Shelter Cove to the more urban neighborhoods of Cutten since 2012, when Bohn first took the seat after besting Wiyot tribal elder Cheryl A. Seidner and retired teacher Annette De Modena in a three-way contest following the retirement of Jimmy Smith.

For previous Journal coverage on the candidates, click here. Find election office results here.
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Second District: Fennell Lead Shrinks with Final Tally, November Runoff Possible

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 8:23 PM

(from left to right) Sean DeVries, Rick French, - Michelle Bushnell, Michael McKaskle, Estelle Fennell
  • (from left to right) Sean DeVries, Rick French,Michelle Bushnell, Michael McKaskle, Estelle Fennell

Final Election Night Report:
In the final Election Night tally, incumbent Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell fell back to the pack slightly and it now seems very possible she will end up in a November runoff with challenger Michelle Bushnell.

In the final tally, Fennell finished with 49.92 percent of the vote — just shy of the 50 percent threshold she would need to eclipse to avoid a runoff. Bushnell trails Fennell with 29.93 percent of the vote, followed by fellow challengers Michael McKaskle with 11.3 percent, Rick French with 4.47 percent and Sean DeVries with 4.38 percent.

While the race remains much too close to call with an unknown number of ballots outstanding, there seems to be a good chance Fennell and Bushnell will have more campaigning to do.

Third Election Night Report:
With the third return of the night, incumbent Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell has grown her already formidable lead over four challengers and seems poised to potentially escape a runoff in November.

The second return of the night, which includes roughly 1,300 Election Day votes to go with the initial tally of vote by mail and early votes, has Fennell taking 52 percent of the vote and holding a 1,108 vote lead over her closest challenger, Michelle Bushnell, who has taken 29 percent of the vote thus far.

The other three challengers in the race have so far been unable to gain much traction. Michael McKaskle currently has about 10 percent of the vote, followed by Rick French with 5 percent and Sean DeVries with 4 percent.

Fennell needs to finish with more than 50 percent of the vote in order to win re-election outright and avoid a runoff in November.


Second Election Night Report:
The second report of the night included no additional votes for the Second District, meaning things sit exactly as they did after the first return of the night.

First Election Night Report:
Two-term incumbent Second District Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell jumped out to a considerable early lead over four challengers in the first returns on Election Night.

Fennell took 50 percent of the first tallies, comprised entirely of vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the Humboldt County Elections Office prior to today and early votes physically cast at the office prior to Election Day. She currently holds a 692 vote lead over her closest challenger, Michelle Bushnell, who has 30 percent of the vote thus far.

Next in line is Michael McKaskle with 11 percent of the vote, followed by Rick French with 4.8 percent. Sean DeVries, meanwhile, is currently bringing up the rear with 4.5 percent of the vote.

Over months on the campaign trail, the crowded field has proven a colorful one, with candidates offering a variety of outside-the-box ideas to address county problems, which range from a large population of chronically homeless people and a sluggish economy to a backlog of deferred road maintenance and the need to reduce the county’s carbon footprint in the face of the global climate crisis. In interviews with the Journal, DeVries called for the county to become a psychedelic therapy hub, McClaskle called for the creation of a local public bank and French said he suspects corruption lurks in many corners of county government, while Bushnell said individual responsibility can help fix many of the county’s ills, from making it more attractive to tourists to making it more energy independent. Fennell, meanwhile, largely touted steps the county is already taken toward addressing these issues and creating a more sustainable, diversified economy.

Fennell, who would need to get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff in November, also entered the race with a huge cash advantage over her challengers.

For more on the campaign, see past Journal coverage here. And complete election results can be found here.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

NCJ Preview with Access Humboldt

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 5:55 PM

This week: Is Arcata ready to pay more taxes to keep the firefighters and stations it has, or make tough cuts to keep the costs down? It's on the March 3 ballot and we'll talk about emergency response and costs. Plus, Jesse Wiedel's gritty Heroin Hilton street art installation on an infamous Eureka building and how it vanished.
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Friday, January 31, 2020

Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 4:47 PM

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors District 1 and District 2 candidates prepare for the candidate forum at College of the Redwoods. - IRIDIAN CASAREZ
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  • Humboldt County Board of Supervisors District 1 and District 2 candidates prepare for the candidate forum at College of the Redwoods.
About 100 people filled a 312 seat theatre Wednesday night as College of the Redwoods hosted the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors District 1 and District 2 candidate forum.

All seven candidates running attended, with current District One Supervisor Rex Bohn running against local radio personality Cliff Berkowitz, while incumbent Estelle Fennel is challenged by Sean DeVris, Michelle Bushnell, Michael McKaskle and Rick French for her District Two seat.

The forum was moderated by Caroline Griffith and co-sponsored by 13 community organizations: The Mateel Community Center, Humboldt & Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People’s Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Health Care for All Humboldt/Physicians for a National Health Program, Northcoast Environmental Center, Centro Del Pueblo, Move to Amend, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, The Eureka Chapter of the NAACP, The Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities, Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaborative, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction and the Wiyot Tribe. Each organization had the opportunity to ask the candidates one question, then each candidate was allowed one minute to respond.

The topics were diverse as they reflected each organization’s mission and focus area. The topics that drew the most questions were climate crisis action and racism.

Each candidate said they would declare a climate emergency as a supervisor when asked by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities. Bohn and Fennel also spoke on Humboldt County's current climate crisis mitigation efforts, including the upcoming climate action plan, while other candidates presented their ideas.

Centro del Pueblo addressed racial profiling against Latinos in Fortuna and the Eureka chapter of the NAACP directly asked about the racist joke Bohn made at a fundraiser last March. Both organizations also asked what each candidate would do to address racism in the county.

Watch the full forum embedded below, courtesy of Access Humboldt:

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Final County Elections Results: Tax Passes in Rio Dell

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 11:54 AM

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Perhaps national elections expert David Wasserman spoke too soon about Humboldt, or maybe he just rattled some cages. (See previous post here.)

The Humboldt County Elections Office released its final post-election update at 10:51 a.m. today. While the vast majority of races remain unchanged, one notably flipped.

Measure J, a renewal of Rio Dell’s 1 percent transaction and use tax, was trailing in the first post-election update but surged ahead in the final tally and now sits with 50.64 percent of the vote. It currently leads by just 12 votes.

Trinidad’s city council race, meanwhile, is unchanged but remains super close, with the top four candidates separated by 11 votes in race for three seats. Tom Davies leads the pack with 104 votes, followed by Dwight Miller with 103 and James H. Baker with 97 votes. Incumbent Susan Rotwein seems to have been edged out, trailing the pack with 93 votes.

The final tally has 67.85 percent of Humboldt County’s 78,757 registered voters having cast ballots. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has until the end of the day Friday to certify the results.

For a look at the complete results, click here.
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Expert: Humboldt Has More Uncounted Ballots Than Any County in U.S.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Bundles of provisional ballots wait to be vetted and counted in the Humboldt County Elections Office. - PHOTO BY THADEUS GREENSON
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  • Bundles of provisional ballots wait to be vetted and counted in the Humboldt County Elections Office.
Does Humboldt County have the most ballots remaining uncounted of any county in the nation? One national elections expert thinks so.

David Wasserman, the house editor for The Cook Political Report and a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight, tweeted last night: “I think it was @DKElections that used to describe slow-vote counting election offices as “taking a ganja break.” As fate would have it the country’s biggest stash of remaining uncounted ballots (at least by my estimate) is in Humboldt County, CA.”
For those among us who aren’t elections nerds, Wasserman is kind of a big deal. His work forecasting U.S. House races is frequently cited in the nation’s top publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist and others, and he drew widespread praise for writing a prescient piece months before the 2016 election pointing out there was a likelihood President Trump could win the election while losing the popular vote. In short, the guy is widely regarded as knowing his stuff.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Election Update: Trinidad Council Race Remains Tight

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 5:04 PM

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The Humboldt County Elections Office released updated results this afternoon that leave things pretty much where we left off on election night.

The new tallies add about 9,000 votes but the percentages remain roughly the same in most races. Of note is the nail biter up in tiny Trinidad, where six candidates are vying for three city council seats. Four of those candidates remain separated by just eight votes, with 442 counted in the race thus far. At the moment, Dwight Miller (94 votes), Tom Davies (92 votes) and James H. Baker (91) are ahead, but incumbent Susan Rotwein lurks in a very close fourth with 86 votes.

Elsewhere, Eureka’s Measure I — which sought to impose a 0.25 percent transaction and use tax to pay for road repairs — inched closer to the two-thirds margin it needs to pass. But now sitting with 62.43 percent of the 4,773 votes counted, it still probably has too much ground to make up to flip in the final tallies.

Based on what Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders previously told the Journal, there may be as many as 20,000 ballots remaining to be counted. She said she plans on releasing further post-election updates Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. See the latest updated returns in their entirety here.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Humboldt Sees Huge Turnout

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Voters hit the polls Tuesday in record numbers. - FILE
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  • Voters hit the polls Tuesday in record numbers.

It looks like Humboldt County just saw its biggest midterm election turnout in at least 20 years.

Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders told the Journal this morning that the elections office has 24,588 ballots on hand that still need to be verified and counted, on top of the 29,610 counted on election night. If all those uncounted ballots — consisting of provisional, conditional and vote by mail ballots — prove valid, that would push the total votes cast in the election to 54,198, an almost 69 percent turnout.

“There was great voter turnout,” Sanders said. “And we could still receive more ballots in the mail today as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.”

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