by Kirk Woundy
We're now at 75,387 ballots cast — and again, the summary report claims there's 100 percent reporting. So maybe this is it. Regardless, in the only race still close enough to follow, Mike Merrifield is trailing Lisa Czelatdko in Council District 3 by 155 votes: 8,500 to 8,345.
——- ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 5, 9:50 ——-
If anyone was answering the phone at the City Clerk's office, he or she would have some ’splainin to do. Because there's a ton of confusion out there right now related to how many votes are still left to count.
At 8:03 p.m., City Clerk Kathryn Young sent out a "summary report" that stated 100 percent of precincts had been counted. Her 8:28 p.m. report said the same thing — but adjusted the number of votes received (or "ballots cast") from 72,077 to 73,837.
Then, at 8:56, she released a report with no changes — except to eliminate the 100 percent number entirely. So now, there's no indication as to how many votes remain.
Our guess: There can't be more than a few thousand left. Here's why:
According to Young, there are only 151,412 "registered voters" in this election. The 73,837 whose votes have been counted represent almost 49 percent of all registered voters. Chances are, we're not going to see more than, say, 55 percent turnout for this election. (In the 2008 presidential election, 71 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.)
Some TV stations are reporting 93 percent of precincts have reported. Though we hesitate to put too much stock into that, given that those same stations were oddly saying that 50 percent of precincts had reported just a half hour ago — when the numbers were the same as they are now — it seems like a pretty good guess.