Could uncounted ballots affect Loomis council election?

35,000 to 45,000 Placer County ballots remain uncounted
By: By Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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Tens of thousands of Placer County ballots remain uncounted, according to Ryan Ronco, Placer County assistant recorder-registrar.

Ronco said 14,000 absentee ballots turned in at voter precincts yesterday have been signature checked, but not counted. He estimated that there are an additional 20,000 to 30,000 more ballots that need to be counted,

“Many are provisional ballots. A provisional ballot is one that has been segregated to verify if the voter was eligible and those ballots cast are appropriate,” Ronco said.

He said some voters, who receive absentee ballots, show up at polls and cast provisional ballots because they either lost or never received their ballot. He said those ballots are held to ensure the person didn’t vote twice.

Ronco said by the end of today, Wednesday, Nov. 7, his office will have an accurate number of uncounted ballots that it will be broken down by supervisor district. He said no further breakdowns will be provided until the election is certified within 29 days from the election.

In the semi-official results for the  Loomis Town Council race, Dave Wheeler received 1,529 votes or 42 percent of the vote; Rhonda Morillas received 1,235 votes or 34 percent of the vote; and Gary Liss received 860 votes, or 24 percent of the vote.

Wheeler and Morillas, the top two vote-getters, will fill the two council seats.

Ronco said based on the election results in the Loomis Town Council race, “Mathematically, it may not be possible to change the election results, but you don’t know until every ballot is counted.”

Loomis Town Councilman Miguel Ucovich said the semi-official election summary provided by the County in the 2010 November election showed that his opponent Vic Markey had won by 52 votes, but an estimated 500 Loomis ballots remained uncounted and when the final tally was in, Ucovich won by just three votes.

"A 25 to 50 vote difference (between the bottom two candidates) might change the election, but with this big of a gap (between Morillas and Liss) I've never seen it change," Ucovich said.