Political Notebook

June 13, 2014

No Friday Fresno Co. vote update; next one will be when count is finished

Political Notebook

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The Fresno County Elections Office on Wednesday updated its vote count from the June 3 primary election, but there will be no more until the entire process is finished, Clerk Brandi Orth said.

That means there was no Friday afternoon update.

As of Wednesday, there were 300 vote-by-mail and 3,600 provisional ballots left to be counted.

At that point, Riverdale rancher Buddy Mendes was still a few votes short of the 50% plus one needed to win the District 4 Fresno County supervisor race outright and avoid a November runoff.

Mendes was far ahead of Fowler resident Daniel Parra, a computer systems analyst. But if Mendes doesn’t reach the 50% threshold, he’ll face Parra.

The District 1 Fresno County supervisor race was also close, but it doesn’t actually matter. Kerman dairyman Brian Pacheco and Fresno City Council Member were 1-2 in the battle to replace retiring Supervisor Phil Larson, but both will face off again in November.

All other races were decided.

According to the county elections office, the manual canvass audit process will begin Monday. The next vote-results update will be released when Fresno County certifies the election results to the California Secretary of State.

Orth said that will be “sometime before July 1. Likely earlier.”

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