Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Provisional Vote Count In: Measure UUT Stays Defeated

~ Official Count ~
(Mod: Provisional votes are all counted, and the results are in. Measure UUT opponents picked up 20 votes in this morning's count, and a big win.)

Mod @ 10:05 - Nothing being counted yet, though there is actually a bigger turnout for this than we saw a week ago.

Mod @ 10:09 - Nancy Shollenberger has announced the ballots are now being opened, and yes, it does look like that. Martin & Chapman, the ballot counters, are expected to arrive at 10:30.

Mod @ 10:30 - Martin & Chapman has arrived. The stage is now set for big time ballot counting action.

Mod @ 10:36 - There are actually 294 provisional ballots. The 294th ballot arrived yesterday, but it was postmarked Apr 7.

Mod @ 10:46 - Martin & Chapman is now running the ballots through the machine. The big moment is almost upon us.

Mod @ 10:59 - Discussions are taking place at the front of the room. About what I do not know. No body language indications that I can read.

Mod @ 11:03 - Precinct 2 was just recounted.

Mod @ 11:08 - Final Totals - All Votes Tabulated: 
Rachelle Arizmendi - 1,782 
Denise Delmar - 1,367 
Gene Goss - 1,820 
Noah Green - 1,243 

Yes on Measure UUT - 1,296 

No on Measure UUT - 1,372

Mod: 11:14 - Measure UUT lost by 76 votes. Opponents to the UUT initiative picked up 20 provisional votes (etc), and won by 2.8 of the vote. Total voter turnout was 2,711 out of 8,181 registered voters, or 33.1%.

We won one.

Oh, and for those of you who wrote in other candidates, the total there was 25 votes. I'm calling all of those for Neil The Pig. It looks like he received .9% of the vote, coming in 5th behind Noah Green. None too shabby.

What I posted earlier today

293 provisional ballots are left to be counted this morning, with the results determining the final numerical outcomes of this year's election.

As of now Measure UUT trails by 56 votes, and the odds of this tax increase (and its unhappy fans) overcoming such a deficit are mathematically slim. But who knows? We will report the numbers here live from City Hall as they arrive. If I type fast enough you can be among the first to know the final results just by hanging out on The Tattler.

Provisional ballots include all vote by mail/absentee ballots delivered to the polls on election day as well as provisionally voted ballots.

So what is a provisional ballot, and why does such a thing exist? Thanks to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, here is more than anyone would ever really need to know on the subject (link):

While provisional voting may be relatively new in some areas of the country, California's provisional voting statutes have been in effect since 1984. Provisional voting exists in California for two fundamental reasons:

First, provisional voting ensures that no properly registered voter is denied their right to cast a ballot if that voter's name is not on the polling place roster due to a clerical, processing, computer, or other error.

Second, provisional voting allows elections officials to ensure that no voter votes twice, either intentionally or inadvertently, in a given election.

The most common circumstances when an elections official will ask a voter to cast a provisional ballot are:

First-time voters. Under federal law, a person who is voting for the first time in a federal election is required to provide proof of identification, even if their name is on the polling place roster. If the voter cannot provide proof of identification, the voter will be asked to cast a provisional ballot. The elections official will verify the voter's eligibility by comparing their signature on the provisional ballot envelope with the signature on their voter registration form and if the signatures match, then the ballot will be counted. (Elections Code sections 14310(c), 15350, and 3019.)

Vote-by-mail voters who appear in person. In this instance, the voter's name is on the polling place roster and the roster notes the voter requested a vote-by-mail ballot. However, the voter states they didn't receive the ballot, lost the ballot, or spoiled the ballot and doesn't have it with them. After the voter casts a provisional ballot, the elections official will check the records to ensure that the voter did not cast their vote-by-mail ballot. If this is the case and the voter's signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches the signature on the voter's registration card, then the voter's provisional ballot will be counted. (Elections Code sections 3016, 14310(f), 15350, 15100 et seq.) If the voter did vote and return their vote-by-mail ballot before the close of polls on Election Day, then the vote-by-mail ballot will be counted and the provisional ballot will not be counted. If the voter did vote and return their vote-by-mail ballot but failed to sign the vote-by-mail ballot envelope, then the voter's provisional ballot will be counted, provided they complied with the instructions associated with the provisional ballot.

Voters who have moved within their county without re-registering to vote. The voter's name is not on the polling place roster because they moved within the county but did not re-register to vote. This also happens when a voter updates their driver's license with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) but the DMV's computer system doesn't update the voter's registration information, as it is required to do by law. In either instance, the voter is entitled to vote a provisional ballot at the polling place based on their current address. The elections official is required to count the ballot if the voter's signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches the signature on the voter's prior registration form. The elections official is then required to re-register the voter at their new address for all future elections. (Elections Code sections 14310, 14311, 15350, 15100 et seq.)

Voters who are not on the polling place roster for an unknown reason. Should this occur, the elections official will check the county's official registration records after Election Day. If the voter was properly registered to vote in the county and in the precinct in which they voted, their provisional ballot will be counted. If the voter was registered to vote at another address in the county, their votes will be counted in the races they voted on as if they were voting in their home precinct (i.e., their votes for U.S. President, statewide, and countywide measures will be counted, but their votes in a city council race may not be counted if the precinct they're registered in is in a different city council district than the one in which they cast a ballot). If the voter is not registered to vote or is registered to vote in another county or state, their ballot will not be counted in part or in whole. (Elections Code section 14310(c)(3).

Enough said. Or at least I hope it is. See you at 10.

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71 comments:

  1. Thanks Tattler. We will monitor things at 10:00. Great work as always. My wife and I ended up being provisional ballots because we were not on the rolls. Of course, we voted no on the UUT so we have a couple of NO votes right there. Since we both also cast a vote for Neil the Pig, I wonder if there's any chance he could surprise everyone at the last minute here, although I have not seen his totals yet anywhere.

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    1. A surge in Neil votes would be gratifying. It would also show that the groundswell of support for Neil really did develop in the last few weeks of the campaign.

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    2. Neil votes were not counted.

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    3. Two NO votes coming from my home too. However, I did not vote for Neil the pig. Gotta cut the pork somewhere!

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    4. True. There is a lot of fat in that budget.

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    5. I think Neil ran a very bad campaign. Nobody should blame the candidate - it was is handlers. If he had sent out as many mailers as Goss or the very least walked the precincts, he might have won.

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    6. I hear Neil greased some palms.

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    7. Be careful about besmirching any candidate like Neil, it might prompt another editorial in the Mountain Views News about the coarsening of our politics in Sierra Madre. Or course, its all John Crawford's fault.

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    8. I am not sure the term "pig" is politically correct. Trottered Forager is much more appropriate usage.

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    9. The next thing you know, the Tattler will find some facebook pictures of Neil.

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    10. http://img0.joyreactor.com/pics/post/funny-pictures-auto-facebook-demotivation-467283.jpeg

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    11. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UuV68OwsdHU/S5vHF8tjmGI/AAAAAAAAAgk/8S_p2tz-WRw/S1600-R/Facebook_profil_PigMe.jpg

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  2. so I wonder how many of the provisional ballots will be tossed? any idea on the breakdown count of provisional vs absentee ballots submitted at the poll?

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    1. I don't know the answer, though the people who hand delivered their absentee ballots sure seemed to want to make sure they got there. Kind of like the same people who submitted Prop 218 water protests. They took it seriously.

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    2. Rachelle made a lot of calls to absentee voters in the last 2 weeks of campaigning. I would not be surprised to see her edge out Goss for first place today.

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    3. 7:31 -- That would also mean more "No On UUT" votes.

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    4. That would be great

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    5. I worked the polls this year. At our poll the absentee vs provisional were 3 to 1.

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    6. The NO UUT votes won the absentees by 99 ballots. A much bigger margin of victory than any of the precinct votes.

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  3. Southern California Edison to lay off hundreds
    ROSEMEAD - Southern California Edison Co. plans to lay off hundreds of employees as part of a management streamlining and outsourcing of some functions, such as information technology, it was reported today.

    The number of workers affected by the cuts will be “in the high hundreds,” Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, chairman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, said in comments reported by the Los Angeles Times. “It’s pretty disappointing ... (The cuts) are not going to help” California’s economy.

    Padilla was briefed by his committee consultants, who said they were told that the utility expected to cut 500 in-house employees and another 400 to 500 contract workers beginning this summer, The Times reported. Most of the layoffs would be at Edison’s sprawling Irwindale office complex.
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20140415/southern-california-edison-to-lay-off-hundreds

    The utility acknowledged in a statement its plans for cuts this summer -- including greater use of outside vendors -- but did not offer an estimate of the number of workers affected.

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    1. John Buchanan must be busy.

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    2. maybe JB can get noapants to help firing all those people

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  4. Latest City Events
    Tue Apr 15 @ 1:00AM - 03:30PM Senior Bingo

    Cut and pasted from the city's website. That is quite a bingo marathon for the seniors!

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    1. Hunh. They've been at it over 8 hours already. I wonder, who is winning?

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  5. I know of two young men who live in the canyon who voted provisional ballots.
    They both voted No on UUT, both voted for Delmar.

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  6. To me it would just make sense that these provisional ballots would lean favorably in the "no" direction, as that crowd felt more compelled and motivated to get down to the polls and get their votes in. Anything to the contrary and I'd be very suspicious of foul play like what occurred in the Franken/Coleman race in Minnesota. I'm still in disbelief years later that the MN crowd rallied behind that idiot Al Franken. What's wrong with people these days???

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    1. " What's wrong with people these days???"
      You old white men are dying off. The future is mine............

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    2. Everybody dies off eventually. Someday you too will follow a path already traveled by your mind.

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    3. 10:59: "Old white men?" I'm 37. Your quote sounds like that liberal Hispanic prof down in Texas. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're not of his same ilk.

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  7. So what happens if more correctly postmarked ballots arrive later this week?

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    1. The postmark doesn't count, it has to arrive by date of election.

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  8. Back in a meeting with pusd. It looks like it's going to get noisy again. And this time we aren't stopping.

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  9. NO ON UUT!!!!!!
    My donation was well spent to help by signs and mailings signs.
    Thanks to everyone who voted NO and who contributed to the effort.

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  10. Now that the UUT extension has failed I will revoke my low income exemption and pay the fair tax that I previously voted for. Life goes on.............

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  11. Halcyon Koerber damn near singlehandedly got the No vote out. With a very small team and very small
    funding. It was an amazing victory.
    Next time any of you No on UUT voters
    see Halcyon. Please say thanks!
    She ran a clean and honest campaign and won despite all odds. :)

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    1. Thank you Halcyon! Also thank you Gloria Giersbach for your special efforts on voting day.
      Much appreciation!

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    2. my thanks to all who helped defeat this tax increase! It's a win based on a lot of small efforts that had a huge cumulative effect. My thanks to all who displayed yard signs, donated money, waved signs, spoke at council and commission meetings, took neighbors to the polls, etc. This win would not have been achieved without you!

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    3. Dittos to all who put so much effort in defeating this outrageous attack on our pocketbooks.We need to remain alert ,however, as there will be a next time.

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  12. well, y'all best get to the library today cuz with the NO win on the UUT it will be shuttered forever starting' tomorrow!

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    1. won't have to pay those overdue fines

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    2. We could have a really good book sale!

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  13. I didn't run a clean race,
    Alas I ran it blue,
    But I was born with no britches
    You know that it's true
    But I am no imposter
    In the Buc Naked trade.
    I ran for city coucil
    With no pants I prayed
    And got .9 of the vote
    With no Truitt money paid.
    So listen closely,
    You young upstart Buc
    I advise you next time in advance
    That with a little luck
    You can sing and you can dance
    Even if you choose to run
    With Noah Pants.
    Take it true from Neil
    The Townie with Class
    Sometime the true victor
    Comes in dead last.

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    1. that's real beautiful, man

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  14. I think I hear Noah sniffling back the tears - it's been a goal to be elected to a political office and we denied him

    boo hoo

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    1. Like Goss Noah will win in 2 years.

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    2. Of course he will. It's his life's ambition.

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    3. I don't know, 2:49. I don't recall seeing any naked pictures of Gene Goss floating around.

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    4. Mannequins have long memories.

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    5. I hope he runs again. Every town needs a stooge.

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    6. Many thanks to those who worked, walked, and blogged. But... there's a rumor floating that Noah the Lawyer (Esquire) may protest the votes given to Neil the Pig (Pigsquire), because "Neil wasn't wearing any pants, either!" I really hope this is just a case of draft hyperbole. Buc you never know.

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  15. so 77% of the residents just don't care

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    1. you need to recalculate the %

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    2. 67% don't vote. But everybody loves the town. Huh.

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    3. That's 67%, Pythagoras.

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  16. John,
    A lot of the credit for this win goes to you and the Tattler. Your charts and information about the true finances of Sierra Madre helped put the NO votes into the win column.
    Many, many, thanks.

    It was nerve-wracking, it was fun, and now we must remain resolute and watchful.

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    1. How'd you do it, Mod? Nobody reads the Tattler, right, Josh?

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    2. I just love writing the blog. Two hours every evening. Just like going to the gym, sans the muscle ache.

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  17. I have known John Crawford for the past 7 years. If not for John we would have no honest press.
    This talented man is dedicated to the truth. In John Crawford's world there is nothing stronger than the truth.
    This explains why he won't tolerate BS.
    We owe this honest man our thanks.
    God Bless you, John and your nice family.

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  18. Let's all thank Nancy Shollenberger, our wonderful City Clerk, as well. We know there will be no City Hall shenanigans with her in charge of elections, and the ballots. Don't forget six years ago when Karma Bell nearly stole the election for City Clerk by telling all those lies and half/truths about her.

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    1. Nancy is honest. Thank you Nancy Shollenberger for your dedication to your job and this city all these years.

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    2. I didn't know much about Nancy until recently, but I will say that when I saw a photo of her recently in a local paper, the thought occurred to me that she just didn't strike me as the same type as the public employees down at city hall that we've been complaining about. I then learned more about her and felt good that my initial impression was correct.

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    3. Yeah. Too bad Nancy is City Clerk. It would have been so much easier for you to steal the Measure UUT election without her there.

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  19. I would sure like to thank Nancy Shollenberger. She is such a dedicated, honest, classy lady. She sure doesn't do this job all these years for the money. What a concept!
    It was shameful what those people against us did to Nancy 6 years ago. The hideous lies told about one of the most decent honest woman in this town, was really horrifying. Ironically, most of the people who told the lies are pathological liars, especially the ones who slandered her in print. It sure wasn't "civil", as y'all like to say.
    This is the main reason I work for honest candidates and issues, We want honesty in government in my town.
    Thank you, Nancy. John Shear and I really respect you for all you have done for our town.

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    1. That is one of the big problems here. The old "No On Measure V" crowd lies like rugs.

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    2. Yes they do lie and it's high time we take back our town from these liar/cheats.

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  20. We have now shot down two utility tax hikes in two years. Will they dare try it again?

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    1. You can bet your sweet bippy they will. Maybe as soon as the Nov election. Elaine and crew will make unnecessary cuts in services that the public will see. She has already told staff they will be losing their jobs. Nothing is farther from the truth. The lies will continue. Our only hope is that John Capoccia will not side with Lying Goss and Harry the Bedian

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    2. Yeah, start the layoffs even though the tax doesn't sunset until 07/01/2015 to get the residents anxious.

      The current council set the second year of the budget 7/1/2014-2015 with a $250,000 decrease. Apply that savings to 2015-2016 instead of spending it now.

      It's not rocket science.

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    3. Question... How do we get rid of Elaine Aguilar? She's not in an elected position, so what would it take to get her out of there? If the city is truly in such dire financial straits, then why isn't she voluntarily taking a 10-20% pay cut with no foreseeable raises? Her $147,000 salary plus benefits is too steep for a town this size. I'll tell you one thing, if I ever find my way into a city council position in the future, I will immediately put forth a motion to make all city council positions voluntary and unpaid, because it makes financial sense. The greed bug has bitten the employees of this town, but the sheer lack of revenues is the only thing holding them back from going berserk on us. I'll be very interested to see if Elaine and crew start mandating cuts in retaliation for this UUT loss. An attorney friend of mine said that if they go that route, some doors may open up legally to force Elaine out of her position as city manager.

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  21. What the heck, I hit preview and it disappeared.

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