Election 2010: liveblogging the results

1:35 a.m. If any benighted souls are still with me, thanks. In the final stretch I know I didn’t maintain the usual standard of being consistent with the number of significant figures in percentages, but I hope readers will excuse that. Also, thanks for the many supportive comments that you posted this evening. We’re really determined to keep pushing ahead with an ever-better Berkeleyside. Later today, we’ll try to see if there’s deeper meaning to any of these votes. Good night.

1:30 a.m. So there you have it. All the city and school district measures passed. Incumbent City Councilmembers all held their seats (although Worthington faces an instant runoff that will not be filled with drama). The one incumbent on the school board, Karen Hemphill, won, and is joined by Leah Wilson and Josh Daniels. The six rent commissioners that led first thing in the evening kept their lead all night.

1:28 a.m. And the other measures:

Measure R

Yes 17,790 (64.2%)
No 9,916 (35.8%)

Measure S

Yes 22,455 (82.36%)
No 4,810 (17.64%)

Measure T

Yes 17,271 (64.4%)
No 9,550 (35.6%)

1:25 a.m. Now onto the BUSD measures.

Measure H (requires two-thirds vote):

Yes 22,875 (80.25%)
No 5,628 (19.75%)

Measure I (requires 55% vote)

Yes 21,403 (76.7%)
No 6,502 (23.3%)

1:24 a.m. In the rent board contest, the results are (my frying brain has to omit the percentages):

Jesse Townley 11,748
Pam Webster 10,839
Dave Blake 10,605
Lisa Stephens 10,253
Katherine Harr 10,207
Asa Dodsworth 10,024

Those six are elected. The other candidates are:

George Perezvelez 6,287
Tamar Larsen 5,921
Marcia Levenson 5,671

1:18 a.m. In District 8, the results are:

Gordon Wozniak 1,827 (60.52%)
Jacquelyn McCormick 617 (20.44%)
Stewart Jones 573 (18.98%)

By the way, you can take this as proof that yard signs mean nothing.

1:15 a.m. In District 4, the results are:

Jesse Arreguin 1,717 (53.37%)
Jim Novosel 1,036 (32.2%)
Berndt Rainer Wahl 336 (10.44%)
Eric Panzer 124 (3.85%)

1:10 a.m. In District 1, the results are as follows:

Linda Maio 2,589 (65.58%)
Jasper Kingeter 894 (22.64%)
Merrille Mitchell 317 (8.03%)
Anthony Di Donato 146 (3.7%)

1:06 a.m. Wow. I should have looked at District 7 first. Kriss Worthington and George Beier will have an instant runoff. Here are the results:

Kriss Worthington 1,301 (49.79%)
George Beier 930 (35.59%)
Ces Rosales 381 (14.58%)

We won’t know the official result until Friday at the earliest. Of course, despite the suggestions of tactical voting, it’s unlikely in the extreme that all of Rosales’ first-place votes would have placed Beier second. It could theoretically happen, but it’s not going to happen.

1:02 a.m. Here are the school board results:

Leah Wilson 14,354 (25.07%)
Josh Daniels 12,777 (22.32%)
Karen Hemphill 12,700 (22.18%)

Those three are elected to the school board. The other candidates were:

Julie Holcomb 8,614 (15.04%)
Priscilla Myrick 6,006 (10.49%)
Norma Harrison 2,611 (4.56%)

1:00 a.m. I was just about to give up, but we’re all of a sudden at 100% reporting. Stand by for complete results.

12:42 a.m. I wish I had something new to report, but I don’t. I’m using this thumb-twiddling time to catch up on those Guardian minute-by-minute reports I mentioned at the outset. Man U thrashed Bursapor 3-0 and Spurs beat Inter (!) 3-1. Thought you’d like to know (if you need explanations on what those teams are or what the competition is, it probably won’t matter to you).

12:20 a.m. I’ve neglected all evening to mention the tough race for city auditor. Ann-Marie Hogan, running unopposed, has 99% of the vote. I think I’ll call it for Hogan.

12:18 a.m. I haven’t mentioned the rent board candidates for three hours. Interestingly, the six who led on the scant number of vote-by-mail ballots are still leading with 55 of 99 precincts reporting: Townley, Webster, Blake, Harr, Stephens, Dodsworth.

12:15 a.m. Woo hoo! Now up to 55 of 99 precincts, so more than half have reported. Still Wilson, Daniels and Hemphill for school board. Jesse Arreguin in District 4 now has three of 12 precincts reporting, and he leads with 50.3%. District 1 has finally troubled the scorer: with three of 12 precincts reporting, incumbent Linda Maio looks comfortable with 67% of the vote.

12:10 a.m. I’m more surprised that Measure R looks like it will pass comfortably. The tally stands at 64% yes, with those 40 precincts. Are we seeing a real shift in Berkeley attitudes towards development? It will be interesting in the coming days to figure out why Measure R seems to have won with ease. I thought it was going to be a close race either way.

12:06 a.m. I’m no psephologist, but I suspect it’s safe to say that all the Berkeley measures have passed. Measure H requires a two-thirds majority to pass, but it’s over 77% with 40 of 99 precincts reporting. I can’t see that slumping dramatically. Measure I needs a 55% majority to pass, and it’s standing at 75%. Our comment strands have been filled with heated debate on the merits of both measures, but clearly Berkeley voters are highly motivated to do what they can to support Berkeley schools, even if it means higher taxes. Pretty rare in the country these days.

11:58 p.m. I’m now back in the more cosy surrounds of my house. We’re up to 40 of the 99 precincts, with very little change in the overall picture. Kriss Worthington is probably beginning to breathe more easily: he has 51.2% with half of the precincts in District 7 reporting. Gordon Wozniak, with seven of 13 precincts in, is cruising with 62.1% of the vote.

11:34 p.m. Ira Serkes asks through the comments about Measures S and T. S has nearly 83% of the vote, T has 62%. Barring dramatic geographic differences (see my 11:30 post), it seems like all of the local Berkeley measures will pass. I don’t have the Berkeley breakdowns on the state propositions, but in Alameda County as a whole, Prop 19 has 54.8% support.

11:30 p.m. If anyone who’s still reading knows how to parse precincts in Berkeley, I’m curious whether there’s any chance that the precincts remaining can swing issues like Measures H, I and R dramatically?

11:28 p.m. Measure R is still winning comfortably, with 64.5% of the votes. Measure H is now running at 77.7% support, I is at 73.9% support.

11:35 p.m. Now, 38 precincts reporting. Kriss Worthington has just squeaked past 50% (50.42%) with four of the 12 precincts in District 7. Gordon Wozniak still leading comfortably in District 8. Jesse Arreguin just over 50% in District 4, with two of 12 precincts reporting. Still no precincts reporting in District 1.

11:17 p.m. Don’t want to peak too soon. We’re still at 22 out of 99 precincts. But our nice hosts here at the Registrar of Voters are closing up at midnight. So I’ll resume by following web results like hoi polloi. No free cookies and pretzels any more.

11:08 p.m. Most of the precincts that have reported in Berkeley are in North Berkeley, which is not where the City Councilmember races are. So there’s not much to update there.

11:04 p.m. Now have 22 precincts. No change in the top three for school board, H and I are still over 70% each.

10:54 p.m. Measure R has 64.6% support with 18 precincts reporting.

10:52 p.m. With 18 of 99 precincts reporting, Measure H has 76.6% support, Measure I has 73.0% support.

10:51 p.m. Wozniak is leading in District 8 with 23% reported and 62.5% of the vote.

10:50 p.m. Quick look. Top three for school board are still Wilson, Daniels, Hemphill, with over 18% reported.

10:48 p.m. Hang on. Results are beginning to flow in a big way. 18 of 99 precincts now.

10:45 p.m. With one of 12 precincts in District 4, it’s Arreguin 49.5%, Novosel 35.0%, Wahl 11.4%. In District 7, it’s Worthington 47.0%, Beier 38.8% and Rosales 14.0%. Remember that if a candidates doesn’t get 50% plus one vote, it goes to ranked-choice voting. All the totals tonight are just the first-choice votes.

10:42 p.m. If you understand the fine detail, the three precincts in Berkeley that have reported are 214200, 214000 and 310600. Here’s the map, which seems to be working.

10:37 p.m. If you’re interested in the early (three precincts out of 99) results in Measures H and I, it’s yes 76.2% on H, yes 72.8% on I. Someone just asked me if I know which precincts have reported. I’ll try to find out.

10:33 p.m. Only one of the precincts in the City Council races has reported (1 of 12 in District 4). I’ll spare you the breathless update. More data to come.

10:30 p.m. OK. Results trickling in. Three precincts reporting. School board: Leah Wilson, 24.97%, Josh Daniels, 21.71%, Karen Hemphill, 21.24%, Julie Holcomb, 17.14%, Priscilla Myrick, 10.57%, Norma Harrison, 4%.

10:23 p.m. Our favorite photographer, Keoki Seu, comments below on the procedure for polling places: “The procedure for closing is that you have to tally up all of the ballots and you have a worksheet to ensure that you have every single ballot that you gave out. I worked with a group of people who had done this for years, and typically it took them an hour after closing to make this count. What then happens is that at least two people go to the registrar of votes (in oakland, I think) to return all of their supplies and vote counts.”

10:17 p.m. Ho hum. Registrar of Voters website is still down. Maybe our getting paper results hot off the press at this near-empty conference room will prove a huge competitive advantage.

10:05 p.m. As several commenters have said, the Registrar of Voters website is down. The official I spoke to said it might be because there’s a big update to come. We can live in hope.

9:45 p.m. Berkeley has 99 precincts. We’re at 0 precincts reporting. Our neighbor Oakland has 254 precincts and 29 have already reported. C’mon Berkeley.

9:27 p.m.

Election night in Alameda County

In case you can’t restrain your excitement, here’s the scene in the conference room on 12th Street. Registrar of Voters Dave Macdonald is in the center foreground. He says that early precinct results should be flowing in the next half hour.

9:18 p.m. I don’t mean, by the way, to slight the race for Rent Stabilization Board Commissioners. There are nine candidates for six positions, so it doesn’t seem quite so compelling in a political horse race sense. As it happens, on the vote-by-mail results six candidates — Townley, Webster, Blake, Harr, Stephens, Dodsworth — are clustered between 14% and 11.2%. Perezvelez, Larsen and Levenson are in the seventh through ninth slots with between 8.2% and 7.5%.

9:07 p.m. Incidentally, my reference to the non-existent exit poll for District 7 earlier was a joke. Of course there are no exit polls for local elections (yet — just wait as Berkeleyside gathers steam in future years). I name-checked Nate Silver’s liveblogging at the Times, but the style I admire most is The Guardian’s minute-by-minute liveblogging of major soccer matches. Livebloggers need to amuse themselves as well as provide crucial information.

9:04 p.m. Supporters of various local measures may take heart from the vote-by-mail results so far. Measures H and I, the BUSD measures, both have more than 70% support in the mailed-in ballots. Measure R, which concerns the Downtown Area Plan, is supported by 65% of vote-by-mail voters. Measure S and T, both of which concern marijuana regulations and taxation in Berkeley, are both being supported, but by different margins: S has 83% approval so far, while T has 62%.

8:56 p.m. In the vote-by-mail results for school board, the tallies are Leah Wilson 6,239, Josh Daniels 5,403, Karen Hemphill 5,295, Julie Holcomb 4,293, Priscilla Myrick 2,629 and Norma Harrison 924.

8:50 p.m. If you’re a real election geek, maybe you care about the current vote-by-mail results in Berkeley. In District 7, it’s Worthington 356, Beier 305, Rosales 103 and a single write-in vote. In District 8, Wozniak 808, McCormick 313, Jones 168 and two write-ins. District 4 has Arreguin with 586, Novosel 437, Wahl 121, Panzer (who withdrew from the race) 49, and four write-ins. In District 1, it’s Maio 1,143, Kingeter 320, Mitchell 139, Di Donato 60 and two write-ins. None of this means anything.

8:44 p.m. KRON4, which is running on the screen here, projects that Barbara Boxer wins reelection as Senator. Strangely, no exit polls on District 7 race between Worthington, Beier and Rosale.

8:32 p.m. If you want a model of what liveblogging election results can be, have a look at Nate Silver’s effort at The New York Times. It makes for depressing reading (for me, at least) at the moment, except for the 2% chance that Republicans will take the Senate. You take hope where you can find it.

8:15 p.m. If you have images of election headquarters in mind, the conference room at 125 12th Street in Oakland, where the Registrar of Voters is camped for the evening is not exactly a hive of activity. There are four journalists here, three officials and two Alameda County sheriffs. Rather low key. I’ll be liveblogging the results as the come in, filling this post in reverse chronological order (so this paragraph will be at the bottom and the latest news will be at the top). Feel free to add to the comments below if the muse inspires you.

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  • Thanks for doing this! I’ve never had such a great local coverage option before!

  • Berkeley Voter

    Thanks for offering the returns on Berkeleyside. I have UStream on Facebook from PBS for national coverage, and your reportage for local results. No television needed.

  • I for one would like to see a photo of this election hub — even it is is a low key affair…

  • I’ll get a photo at some point. The three officials have left the room so it looks even more bare at the moment. I’ll let the excitement build…

  • Thanks for your efforts Lance and Berkeleyside!

  • aenar

    620 million for some dumb, hodge podge school bond.People in this town have ZERO concept of the value of things. You just made Goldman Sachs exceptionally happy, as they get 400 million in profit over 30 years. Proof that the dipheads in Berkeley can’t add or multiply.
    210 bond=620 million over 30 years. DUMB MOVE

  • A Mom

    I tune out so much news media and totally tune into Berkeleyside. I love you guys.

  • Liz Scarboro

    Thanks so much for blogging this! I appreciate the coverage of the district races and I’m not even an election geek. The person who represents my neighborhood makes decisions that affects my daily life, and my children’s, and I’m eager to see who it’s going to be in district 4 . . .

  • Ashley Boyd

    Ok, this is very helpful and amusing reporting!

  • Anon

    Thanks for the local election coverage! Berkeleyside is my new favorite media outlet.

  • I’d love an update of late breaking news on Mac vs. Windows OS; iPad vs. Netbook.

    Do you see any correlation between computer operating system and profession (i.e. reporters or election official)?


  • Ira, all the officials are on Windows machines. There’s a little huddle of journalists with Macs. No iPads or netbooks in sight. Not a large sample, as you can see from the photo.

  • I realize it may be hard to tell with all the hubub and excitement in the room, but any late breaking news on Blackberry, Droid and iPhone usage to report?

  • Oh, gosh, forgive me, but when I saw 99 precincts in Berkeley, what jumped into my mind was a song Bill Gates may have sung around a campfire.

    10: Continue

    20: 99 precincts Berkeley, to report, 99 precincts in all, if one of those precincts should happen to call

    30: 98 precincts in Berkeley to fall…

    40: If (precincts .GE. 1) GOTO 10

    50: Report results

  • Lisa Aliferis

    Oakland may have 29 precincts reporting but Alameda County Registrar of Voters has not updated in an hour–at least as far as I can tell.

  • Tracking Stuff

    Just FYI

    I believe the acgov site that lists results is down now (or at least my web shows it is). Not sure if they are updating or if it is my computer

  • Bryan Garcia

    I saw something today at my polling place, 2236 Parker St (Seventh Day Adventist church) that upset me: campaign signs for Kriss Worthington and No on 23. Now, I may or may not agree with the message of those signs, but I do believe it is AGAINST THE LAW to have such signs at a polling place. They were on a sandwich board sign on the sidewalk outside the church. Not in front of a neighboring house, but absolutely in front of the church which was acting as a polling place. Disgusting.

  • Berkeleyside was at a polling station which opened at 7am but where the officials were only being sworn in at around 830am.

  • Charmini

    Thanks for doing this! Fun to watch from the comfort of home, thankfully without the blaring tv. Love it! I do, however, feel like we all owe you a good coffee at the very least…with 0 of 99 reporting, looks like you might be up for a while yet.

  • Tracey – tell us more about the logistics of opening a polling station. I guess I thought that the precinct workers were already ordained before the station opened.

    When did they deliver the ballots?

  • Keoki

    I worked a polling place in 2008. The procedure for closing is that you have to tally up all of the ballots and you have a worksheet to ensure that you have every single ballot that you gave out. I worked with a group of people who had done this for years, and typically it took them an hour after closing to make this count.
    What then happens is that at least two people go to the registrar of votes (in oakland, I think) to return all of their supplies and vote counts.

    This is why it takes so long to get all of the votes into the registrar of votes.

  • That reminded me of my “ballots, not bullets” blog post last year

    I saw CHP cars on Center Street at Civic Center Plaza …

    “As I drove home from Downtown #Berkeley I wondered what CHP was doing so far from I80. Then in a “blink” moment realized it was for ballots, not bullets.””

    They were delivering ballots to Berkeley.

  • Iris

    Thanks for letting us know what’s going on! Really disappointing that the AC Registrar’s website is down. I liked going back and forth between the bare bones results and your great commentary.

  • jjohansson

    Lance Knobel for Alameda County registrar…

  • For those waiting to exhale (so to speak) How are Berkeley voters doing on Measures S, T & Proposition 19? Any news on other Measures & Propositions?

  • Robert Collier

    I’ll say the same as the other commenters — great reporting, thanks! A real public service.

  • Rachel

    Very much appreciated. Berkeleyside is providing a real service (all the time, not just tonight) and I’m starting to count on it.

  • This is some great local reporting Mr. Knobel.

  • Rose

    Well MY lawn signs worked!!

    Thank you so much for blogging.

  • Rosemary

    Thank you for your great local coverage…fried brain and all..

  • Dan Alpert

    Thanks for the coverage!

  • This has been utterly delightful – THANK YOU!

    “12:20 a.m. I’ve neglected all evening to mention the tough race for city auditor. Ann-Marie Hogan, running unopposed, has 99% of the vote. I think I’ll call it for Hogan.”

    Remember, in District 5 the results weren’t so clear cut. if Ann-Marie Hogan didn’t win a majority, she faced an instant runoff against the 2nd and 3rd choices of Ann-Marie Hogan.

  • Bryan Garcia

    By my calculations, Worthington only needs to get 6 of the Rosales voters’ second choice votes, so he has basically won.

  • JNG

    Thanks Lance, very helpful coverage

  • Thanks so much for the news about the local election.

  • CJ Higley

    Great work, Berkeleyside! Thanks for your election night coverage, but even greater thanks for your coverage of the election issues in recent weeks. Bravo!

  • Hey Lance — awesome job on the liveblogging. Love the dose of humor and the EXCITING PHOTOS of the conference room in Alameda. Great work.

  • berkeleymom

    AWESOME. Thank you so much for doing this.

    Note to Berkeleyside: You’re now getting into the zone where I would
    be willing to pay a subscription fee.

  • Laura M.

    Heroic reporting! Thanks Lance

  • Jane Tierney

    Great job Lance! Thanks for staying up, and for giving us great reportage.

  • Jane Tierney

    In reply to the person who complained about the campaign signs in front of the polling place, I agree wholeheartedly. There is no excuse for this. If election workers don’t know any better, they should. Speaking of which, at our polling station, we had to argue with the poll workers to get a regular ballot, not a provisional one, when we returned our absentee ballots. The issues and candidates were so confusing this year, we needed the extra time to study before we voted. It’s appalling how uneducated some of the polling place workers are about the rules. It proves that we must all get involved to assure fair elections.

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  • EBGuy

    Speaking of which, at our polling station, we had to argue with the poll workers to get a regular ballot, not a provisional one, when we returned our absentee ballots.
    I’m confused. Why didn’t you just drop off your (filled out) absentee ballot at the polling station. After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope. You may return your voted vote-by-mail ballot by 1) mailing it to your county elections official; 2) returning it in person to a polling place or the elections office in your county on Election Day;

    Bryan Garcia, thanks for mentioning your polling station at 2236 Parker St (Seventh Day Adventist church). I usually ride by there on voting day and in past elections I’ve noticed what appears to be electioneering going on inside the 100 foot boundary. Perhaps I will go out armed with a tape measure next year. I feel your frustration as there is a sense that sacred ground is being violated. Here’s an interesting tidbit if you suspect electioneering; the 100 foot distance is calculated from the door of the room in which voting is taking place..

  • Jesse Townley

    The electioneering law is that it can happen anywhere OVER 100 feet from the entrance to the polling place. The polling place is located down a long 110′ walkway that runs along the side of the church.

    I was passing out literature at that precinct on Parker Street mentioned above. We were 110 feet minimum from the entrance, since we were on the sidewalk and not even on the walkway.

    This distance was measured by the poll workers. They called the local precinct coordinator (a higher-ranking poll worker who coordinates a number of precincts on election day) & he and I spoke. He confirmed that the law is 100 feet from the entrance, and that we were engaged in completely legal, political speech by passing out election information on the sidewalk.

    He also noted that because of the layout of that precinct, it was like “fish in a barrel” since there was only one real entrance to the polling place that started more than 100 feet from the entrance.

    It’s up to the Registrar to rearrange the polling place (perhaps move it to a room closer to the street?). Otherwise that entryway will continue to be more than 100′ from the sidewalk.

    Apparently in 2008 others who were electioneering at this legal distance were incorrectly told by the poll workers that they had to move from that spot. The precinct coordinator was NOT called that election, so the incorrect situation lasted the entire day.

    Yours, Jesse Townley

  • EBGuy

    Jesse, Thanks for clarifying the site dynamics.

  • Nancy Riddle

    Thank you for keeping us informed into the wee hours!

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  • Jesse Townley

    No problem, glad to clarify the law & the specific situation you all were discussing.

    I work at my precinct’s polling place whenever I’m not running for office, so it’s important to me that if I’m electioneering, I’m doing it legally. Goose, gander, etc…


  • Lori

    Thanks Jessie for your clarification of how far one can stand. The polling workers at Willard had us much farther then that, but we agreed. Then they said we might be too close to the windows!!! This is district 7. They said they would arrest us and we told them to go ahead. This happened several times. Finally Beier sent an attorney, I believe, around 7pm. We won that polling place anyway. YAY for Kriss and his victory.