Following a signature verification process, the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office has returned 215 provisional ballots, along with 36 vote by mail ballots that they examined. The ballots represent a portion of the 641 that have yet to be tabulated pending verification.
Currently the Santa Clarita City Council race is still undetermined, as incumbent Frank Ferry and challenger David Gauny are separated by 69 votes in the race for the third open seat.
Here is the latest from the city of Santa Clarita:
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office has completed the review of all signatures associated with the 215 provisional ballots and 36 vote by mail ballots that were cast or dropped of at election precincts on Tuesday, April 13th. Copies of all signatures requiring such additional verification were sent by overnight mail on Wednesday, April 14th and returned to the City on Friday afternoon at 3:30 via courier. It should also be noted that the City Clerk’s office sent photocopies of ballot envelopes, not original envelopes, to the Registrar-Recorder’s office, maintaining physical and secured possession of election ballots at all times.
The canvassing of the election by the City Clerk’s office continues as staff works to process and cross reference County Registrar information against the actual provisional and vote by mail ballots requiring signature verification. Once the City Clerk has completed this process, formal notice as required by election law will be posted providing 48-hour advance notice prior to completing the machine count of all remaining ballots.
The remaining ballots will be counted this week.