West Berkeley measure gap narrows to 26 votes

It’s not over ’til it’s over: staff at the Alameda County Registrar processing ballots on Wednesday Nov. 7. Photo: Tracey Taylor

The latest Berkeley vote tallies, updated with some of the vote by mail and provisional ballots, have further narrowed the gap on Measure T, which would revise some of the zoning in West Berkeley. Overnight, opponents to Measure T had a 123 vote lead. That’s now down to 26 votes.

Measure S remains close, but the gap is still significant at 1,001.

Alameda County Registrar of Voters Dave Macdonald released the latest figures this afternoon shortly after 4:00 p.m. and will be doing so daily until all the ballots are processed.

“This election has been very typical,” Macdonald said, responding to questions about the volume of uncounted ballots. “We have 100,000 vote by mail and 40,000 provisional ballots left countywide. It’s been a very smooth election.”

Ballots awaiting processing at Alameda County Registrar’s office on Wednesday at around 4:00 p.m. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Macdonald acknowledged that Berkeley presented a particularly challenging task for voters in that there were four ballot papers to deal with.

A couple of hundred employees — a majority temporary staff swelling the office’s 26 permanent staff number — were hard at work at the Registrar’s office on Wednesday, using a scanner to check signatures and manually monitoring ballots for double voting. Macdonald said the election day help desk had fielded about 200 calls yesterday, which was normal. There were no unusual challenges with the Berkeley votes, he said.

The certified, final vote is required within 28 days of the election, he said, and he expects his staff to be finished by Nov. 21. Macdonald said that while some counties only report at the end of the 28-day legal limit, Alameda prides itself in finishing in time for Thanksgiving.

View a photo gallery of democracy in action as Alameda County Registrar employees continue to process outstanding ballots.

Mayor Bates hails election as harbinger of change [11.07.12]
Remaining Berkeley votes could change close contests [11.07.12]
Live blogging the Berkeley elections: all the final results [11.06.12]
Measure T: Will it enhance or ruin West Berkeley? [10.29.12]

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  • Alina

    Are there automatic recount provisions for the City/County?… As in a recount would be triggered for all races within 1% or something of the sort?… If no, do you think interested parties will request recounts for S and/or T?

  • Barbara Gilbert

    Lance, how are you getting the updated info?  Does not show on Registrar’s site.

  • Alina

    I think it’s there. Last update was at 4:20.  http://www.acgov.org/rov/current_election/index.htm

  • EBGuy

     Maybe you need to hit refresh or something.  It’s most definitely there.

  • Perhaps you have to refresh your browser. We are getting it from the registrar’s site.

  • Guest

    Anyone know if the RCV ballot image files with the actual votes will be put online? They were in 2010, and still are in SF, but Alameda county hasn’t put any online yet this election. 

  • Tarek

    Is there any way to see how many ballots have been counted?  I can see count of yes / no votes for each measure on the Alameda county site, but not the total number of ballots counted.

    BTW, here are the direct links to the counts for Measure S and Measure T – way easier than navigating the tree on the side.

  • Tarek

    Discus stripped the links – 
    here is measure S: http://www.acgov.org/rov/current_election/105105.htm
    here is measure T: http://www.acgov.org/rov/current_election/106106.htm

  • BerkeleyCurious

    the Registrar’s page seems to have information on voting from precincts — but it does not appear to have information on provisional or absentee ballots … Am I missing something?  It says 100% of precincts reporting but does not seem to provide info how many ballots total have been counted.

  • Alina

    and now up by 1 vote :)

  • Not quite. There are more votes to be counted. Today it’s up by one (we’ve just published a news piece on it). Tomorrow? Who knows?

  • I know, but the mail-in and drop-off votes seem to be trending to the yes side.

    Still, as far as guidance to the Council, Planning Commission and ZAB is concerned, it might as well be a tie score.