Third Return: Ballot Tallies Continue to Trickle In

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Poll worker Kristen Porter, left, places a ballot in a folder held by Julie Fulkerson at the Eureka Pentecostal Church on Hoover Street. Porter has worked several elections while Fulkerson was working her first at the polls. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Poll worker Kristen Porter, left, places a ballot in a folder held by Julie Fulkerson at the Eureka Pentecostal Church on Hoover Street. Porter has worked several elections while Fulkerson was working her first at the polls.
The Humboldt County Elections Office has released its third batch of results, adding nearly 1,661 ballots for a total of 39,979 votes counted thus far, representing about 47 percent of registered voters.

The second return doesn't seem to change a whole lot. In the county's Second District supervisorial runoff, incumbent Estelle Fennell holds a slimming 326-vote advantage over challenger Michelle Bushnell, and holds about 53 percent of the vote.

City council races throughout the county, meanwhile, largely remain too close to call.

Here's a quick look at how local ballot measures are fairing:

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 62 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 75 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 76 percent of the vote
Measure G: Would extend a 0.75 percent transaction and use tax in Fortuna into 2033 — Passing with 71 percent of the vote
Measure H: Would indefinitely raise the transaction and use tax in Eureka to 1.25 percent — Passing with 68 percent of the vote
Measure I: Would allow the county of Humboldt to build and finance additional affordable housing — Passing with 69 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_THIRD_REPORT-11-3-2020_11-45-50_PM.pdf

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