Despite recounts, Registrar plans to call races

Despite an ongoing hand recount, clarity is about to arrive for the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Councils – and current top vote-getters Lynette Lee Eng and Roger Spreen are expected to be named winners tomorrow, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.


The Dec. 8 election certification deadline means that the Registrar has to call even the close races, spokeswoman Anita Torres said. She added that the registrar will use its initial count, derived from machine tabulation and write-in vote tallies. The ongoing recounts, part of a new pilot project to validate results in close races, won’t finish by that deadline. In the first count, Eng led Neysa Fligor by six votes in the Los Altos City Council race, and Spreen topped Garo K. Kiremidjian by 19 votes for the seat on the Los Altos Hills City Council. A single write-in voter narrowed Eng's lead to five votes, Torres said. 

When the hand-count completes the audit phase next week, if a different candidate takes the lead in any race, yet another recount will be triggered to triple-check who squeaked by with the win. Local elections code stipulates a process for revising certified election results, Torres said, that involves counting by hand one more time.

Editors note: this story was updated online to reflect the write-in vote that changed totals in the Los Altos City Council race. 

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