Those include 1,400 provisional ballots that will determine the outcome of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors 5th District race, where Bruce McPherson held a slim lead of 245 votes over his opponent, Eric Hammer, as of Nov. 15.
According to County Clerk Gail Pellerin, elections workers have been working to ascertain the exact number of mail-in, in-person and provisional ballots.
Provisional ballots, Pellerin said, include those cast at the incorrect polling place, those involving unconfirmed addresses or other information, or any other irregularities.
Each must be investigated individually to determine its validity.
“We’re doing the research and going through them one at a time,” Pellerin said. “It’s very labor intensive and time consuming.”
Of about 8,800 provisional ballots cast countywide, she said, roughly 1,400 came from within the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors 5th District.
The Santa Cruz County Election Department released an updated list of voting results on Nov. 15. Official final numbers will be announced Dec. 4.
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 5
Bruce McPherson: 50.33 percent (11,823 votes)
Eric Hammer: 49.29 percent (11,578 votes)
Scotts Valley Fire Protection District (three seats)
Jane Armstrong: 28.13 percent (4,942 votes)
Arthur Smith: 24.45 percent (4,296 votes)
Alan L. Smith: 24.06 percent (4,228 votes)
Lisa Ann Bustichi: 23.22 percent (4,079 votes)
Write-ins: 0.14 percent (25 votes)
Lompico County Water District (three seats)
Bill Smallman: 22.36 percent (330 votes)
Richard Harrington: 21.48 percent (317 votes)
Lois Henry: 21.00 percent (310 votes)
Gail A. Jones: 12.67 percent (187 votes)
Duane R. Davis: 12.47 percent (184 votes)
Cheryl Trapp: 9.82 percent (145 votes)
Write-ins: 0.20 percent (three votes)
San Lorenzo Valley Water District (two seats)
Margaret Bruce: 40.11 percent (5,843 votes)
Randall C. Brown: 23.97 percent (3,491 votes)
Stephen Swan: 22.68 percent (3,304 votes)
Craig Austin: 12.86 percent (1,874 votes)
Write-ins: 0.38 percent (55 votes)
Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District (three seats)
Tess E. Fitzgerald: 26.70 percent (2,369 votes)
Brian Valdivia: 24.41 percent (2,166 votes)
Kimberly Main: 24.26 percent (2,153 votes)
Michael Watson: 13.12 percent (1,164 percent)
Richard Chatoff: 11.17 percent (991 votes)
Write-ins: 0.35 percent (31 votes)
Measure N – Santa Cruz County Transient Occupancy Tax
Yes: 72.89 percent (74,951 votes)
No: 27.11 percent (27,879 votes)
Santa Cruz County Board of Education, Trustee Area 3
Sandra Nichols: 79.73 percent
James Spano: 19.21 percent