Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Early Eureka Results

Since one race was close, I wanted to put the following up, although I will be working to further examine the results for the next few days. If anyone has questions, I can be contacted as mjtrac on gmail.  There will  probably be a few further adjustments, but they should only be by two or three votes.  Let me stress that this is basically confirmation of the elections office counts.  There will almost certainly be a few minor adjustments to these numbers.

Prior to checking for overvotes, TEVS counted the following in the close Eureka City Council race:

 count |  choice_text  
  3364 | KIM_BERGEL     (adj. to 3361, see below) (county result 3359)
  3316 | MIKE_L_NEWMAN   (adj. to 3309, see below) (county result 3313)
    36 | Write-in   

The following images, on inspection, are overvotes that can be awarded to one or the other of the candidates, but were initially counted by TEVS (pre-overvote processing) as votes for both candidates:

66659, to Newman
17223, to Bergel
68415, to Bergel
23005, to Bergel
74843, to Bergel
16245, to Bergel
65199, to Bergel
65265, to Bergel
19767, to Newman
16717, to Newman

This reduces Bergel's count by 3, to 3361, and reduces Newman's count by 7, to 3309.  68415 is the most error-prone, where the mark is strong for one candidate, but the strong mark has a "NO" next to it and the weak mark has an arrow pointing to it. I considered it a vote for Bergel, but others may disagree, thinking that the NO and the arrow are meant to say NO to Bergel.

This is the sort of ballot that probably makes most elections officials hope the contests will never be decided by one vote.