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Newly counted absentee ballots pushed Measure H closer to passage today, getting the parcel tax plan to within three-tenths of a percentage point of succeeding. County elections workers today counted 21,000 of 30,000 absentee ballots that were walked into Alameda County polling places on Election Day. Alameda voters accounted for 1,720 of those votes – 1,215 for the tax and 505 opposed. The count now stands at 10,225 for the tax, 5,181 against. The count is slated to continue tonight and tomorrow.

County elections workers still have 9,000 absentee ballots and 6,500 provisional ballots from voters countywide left to count, registrar of voters spokesman Guy Ashley said. He said it could take a few days for the provisional ballots to be checked for legitimacy and counted.

Registrar of Voters Dave Macdonald had this to say on the process, on Don Roberts’ Alameda Daily News blog today:

I was recently made aware of an article in the Alameda Daily News regarding the counting of Absentee ballots. Please allow me to clarify the election process. No election results in any California County are official until the Registrar certifies the results. By election code that must be done within 28 days of election day. Part of the activity that takes place during that 28 days is the processing of Vote by Mail ballots that are dropped off at the polls. Every signature must be verified before the ballots are counted. For this election several thousand Vote by Mail ballots were dropped off at the polls. Let me assure you that every single one of those ballots that was returned by a registered voter will be counted.

Yes on H Treasurer Ron Mooney was cautiously optimistic about the new numbers. “Certainly, they’re encouraging. It would be much more encouraging if it was 66.7 (percent),” Mooney said. He said H proponents plan to watch the count tomorrow.

Tom Pavletic, the plan’s chief opponent, said he is not yet ready to comment.

Stay tuned, folks …

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