Ballot recounts likely in three local election races

Three local races remain too close to call, even two weeks after Election Day.

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

ROV employees compare mail-in ballot signatures with voter registration signatures.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters has tallied up 95 percent of the ballots cast Nov. 8 but still has 1,000 mail-in and 26,000 provisional ballots to count. Unless those final numbers substantially skew the results, recounts are on the way for the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Council races and the Cupertino Union School District.

In tight races, if two candidates are separated by 25 votes or fewer, or by less than 0.5 percent of ballots cast, the registrar automatically begins a recount. Recounts would be completed before the election’s Dec. 8 certification deadline.

In Los Altos, Jan Pepper held her commanding lead and Jeannie Bruins pulled ahead by more than 100 votes to likely secure the second seat, but Neysa Fligor and Lynette Lee Eng remain within six votes of one another in competition for the third and final seat. As of Monday’s press deadline, Fligor had the lead.

In Los Altos Hills, incumbent Roger Spreen pulled ahead of Garo Kiremidjian by 19 votes for the third council seat. Courtenay C. Corrigan and Michelle Wu maintained their locks on the first and second seats, respectively, throughout the count.

Cupertino Union School District’s incumbent Phyllis Vogel led district parent Gregory Anderson by 180 votes for the second board seat. That margin – 0.24 percent of ballots counted – is likely to trigger an automatic recount. District parent Liang Chao earned the most votes in the race, besting two incumbents and Anderson.

A recount does not appear likely in the Los Altos School District race for one seat, where Bryan Johnson solidified his lead over Tanya Raschke in the days after the election, with 9,139 votes to Raschke’s 8,491 as of Monday.

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