Close margins in three local races trigger recounts

Official recounts began Monday for close races in Santa Clara County, and the Los Altos area was overrepresented – three races of interest to local residents will receive a closer look this week.

Countywide, 10 races triggered a recount with margins of fewer than 25 votes or 0.5 percent. According to spokeswoman Anita Torres, the registrar’s office will work throughout the week and weekend to finish all recounts prior to the mandatory election certification deadline Dec. 8.

Ballot recounts likely in three local election races

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

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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.

Local results still uncertain a week after Election Day

Those awaiting a clear picture of the victors in local races are going to have to wait a little longer.

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Registrar of Voters employees process ballots Tuesday afternoon

As of Monday, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters had counted 100,000 vote-by-mail ballots, approximately half of those received on or after the Nov. 8 election. An additional 40,000 provisional ballots also remain to be counted. The Registrar most likely won’t finish counting until next week, according to spokeswoman Anita Torres.

2016 Election Results: Los Altos and nearby races

Re-elected LAH City Councilmember Courtenay C. Corrigan, in red, celebrates her victory Tuesday evening

Last updated:11/14/2016 3:34 p.m.


Lynette Lee Eng has overtaken Neysa Fligor in the race for the third open seat on the Los Altos City Council.

How to track your vote-by-mail from Los Altos to the Registrar

Mountain View votersElection results for races in the Los Altos area won't start coming in until polling stations close at 8 p.m. We won't know how the city voted until the Registrar of Voters releases a first round of results later tonight. In Santa Clara County, almost 750,000 voters may end up voting by mail this election cycle – as of yesterday, almost half of Santa Clara County's vote-by-mail voters had already returned their ballots.

If you dropped your ballot in the mail already and want to track its progress, you can find out if it arrived at the county elections office, if the ballot was counted, and, if not, the reason why it was not counted. If you cast a provisional ballot today, you can use the same link to track the status of your vote. 

We will be posting a rolling update of election results starting tonight and continuing throughout the week – check back at



Local campaigns report fundraising totals

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Political signs line the perimeter of Cuesta Park in Mountain View. Candidates fundraise to offset the costs of such signs, among other expenditures.

Measure GG proponents pushing for a new parcel tax to fund Los Altos School District schools were by far the biggest fundraisers in local election campaigns. Supporters raised more than $100,000 from Parent Teacher Associations, the California Charter Schools Association and other organizations.

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