Absentee ballots expected to be counted by Friday
June 10, 2010
Tuesday’s election may be over, but there are still 18, 198 absentee ballots to be counted as of Wednesday afternoon. County officials hope to have all the votes tallied by Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara County officials have yet to commit to their release of absentee ballots, leaving the Republican state Assembly race between Etta Waterfield and Katcho Achadjian up in the air.
Two other races could possibly be affected by Friday’s outcome. Joe Cortez is currently in second place in the county Sheriff’s race, putting him in the November runoff against Ian Parkinson. Jerry Lenthall is nearly 800 votes behind Cortez in third place.
In the District 4 county supervisor race, Jim Guthrie is behind Paul Teixeira by approximately 150 votes for a chance to advance into a runoff against Mike Zimmerman.
However, experts caution that a change in the election outcome is possible, though not likely.