Two races that voters cast ballots for on Nov. 6 are still too close to call, and the county registrar is going to be counting ballots up to the Thursday deadline to certify the vote.
The week of the general election, three races were separated by just a few votes: the race to represent the 10th Congressional District, which includes most of Tracy; the race for City Council; and the Banta Elementary School District board race.
Congressman-elect Josh Harder, D-Turlock, declared victory a week later, and incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, conceded the race a day after that. As of the latest reporting Wednesday evening, the other two races were still too close to call.
Councilman-elect Dan Arriola was leading all vote-getters with 10,009 ballots cast for him, but the two closest contenders for the second City Council seat, Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas and Dotty Nygard, were separated by 119 votes — 0.27 percent. Vargas had 8,298 votes and has held a slim edge over Nygard, who had 8,179, since Election Day.
The race for two seats on the Banta school board has changed several times in three weeks with Gene Neely, incumbent Frank Silva and Joshua Anderson trading places in the polls. As of Wednesday, Neely was leading all candidates with 512 votes and Silva was second with 454, just ahead of Anderson, who had 447. The fourth candidate, Dan-Joe Lopez, had 335 votes.
Registrar of Voters Melinda Dubroff announced last week that she expected the hand-tally of ballots to continue up until the Dec. 6 deadline, after which she is required to certify the results and declare final winners. According to a vote report filed Wednesday by Dubroff’s office, there were still 9,949 unprocessed votes left to count. Of that number, 9,295 were provisional ballots that must be checked against voter rolls and DMV records.