Final Election Night Report Leaves Lots of Ballots Yet to be Tallied

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The final election night results are in and, well, they don't feel very final.

The final election night report added another 1,890 ballots to the mix, for a running total of 41,869 counted thus far, representing about 49 percent of the county's registered voters. But a lot of votes remain to be counted — likely tens of thousands — making it hard to dub any winners or losers at this point. In fact, because the Elections Office has other duties it must carry out before sorting, verifying and counting remaining ballots, it's probably going to be some days before we get a better idea of how this all shook out.

Of note, however, is the fact that in the county's Second District supervisorial runoff, incumbent Estelle Fennell's lead over challenger Michelle Bushnell continues to slim, and now sits at just 239 votes on a tight 52-48 split.

And here's a quick look at how local ballot measures are fairing as of the last Election Night report:

Measure A: Would add a $37 parcel tax for Arcata landowners to fund city parks and needs a two-thirds vote to pass — Passing with 78 percent of the vote
Measure B: Would allow the city of Arcata to build and finance additional affordable housing — Passing with 77 percent of the vote
Measure C: Would approve ranked-choice voting in Eureka city council and mayoral elections — Passing with 61 percent of the vote
Measure D: Would authorize $5 million in bond sales for South Bay and Pine Hill schools and needs 55 percent of the vote to pass — Passing with 60 percent of the vote
Measure E: Would continue a 0.75 percent sales tax in the city of Trinidad — Passing with 74 percent of the vote
Measure F: Would add a special tax for property owners in the Arcata Fire Protection District to raise a projected $1.9 million for the district and needs a two-thirds vote to pass — Passing with 75 percent of the vote
Measure G: Would extend a 0.75 percent transaction and use tax in Fortuna into 2033 — Passing with 70 percent of the vote
Measure H: Would indefinitely raise the transaction and use tax in Eureka to 1.25 percent — Passing with 67 percent of the vote
Measure I: Would allow the county of Humboldt to build and finance additional affordable housing — Passing with 68 percent of the vote


Check the county's full second report below to see how the races are shaping up for seats on four special districts, 14 school boards and seven city councils.

See related PDF ELECTION_NIGHT_FINAL_REPORT-11-4-2020_03-05-22_AM__1_.pdf

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