Obama wins four more years; Joiner, Gilbert, Short win council seats according to unofficial results

Placer County Elections office has thousands of votes left to count
By: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
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Lincoln City Council race

3 seats

Candidate                   Votes

Paul Joiner                  8801

Peter Gilbert                5476

Spencer Short             5172

Allen Cuenca               4917

David Kawas               4841

Dan Cross                   4347

Christine Colvin          2943   

Scott Glaser                 2053

Candi Schipper           1594

Write in                            123

In unofficial results Nov. 6, incumbent Councilman Paul Joiner, incumbent Mayor Spencer Short and candidate Peter Gilbert captured three seats on the Lincoln City Council.

“I'm honored, humbled and blessed,” Joiner said. “Thanks so much to everyone for all of your help and support in this challenging campaign. It's been a great experience and I look forward to getting back to focusing on the business of the citizens of Lincoln.”

Peter Gilbert said he is pleased with the results.

“I look forward to serving the community,” Gilbert said. “The city of Lincoln will face many challenges ahead, but with the work of the council and city staff we can overcome any challenges.”

Short thanked the voters for their faith in the leadership of the incumbents.

He said, “The voters have spoken and responded to a positive vision of where Lincoln is headed. Lincoln has great opportunities ahead and the citizens have returned the two most experienced council members to make sure the city is well guided. I thank the citizens for their continued trust.”  

Election results will be certified by Dec. 4. The Registrar’s office has 29 days to canvass the election.

As of 11:46 p.m. Nov. 6, with all 27 precincts reporting, Placer County Elections Office report showed Joiner as the top vote getter at 21.86 percent of the vote (or 8,801 votes) followed by Peter Gilbert with 13.60 percent (or 5,476 votes) and incumbent Mayor Spencer Short with 12.84 percent (or 5,172 votes). Gilbert and Short are separated by 304 votes.

There are 255 votes between Short and the next highest vote getter, Allen Cuenca.

Cuenca received 12.21 percent (4,917 votes), followed by David Kawas at.12.02 percent (4,841 votes); Dan Cross at 10.80 percent (4,347 votes); Christine Colvin at 7.31 percent (2,943 votes), Scott Glaser at 5.10 percent (2,053 votes); Candi Schipper at 3.96 percent (1,594 votes) and .31 percent write-in votes (123 votes).

Placer County Assistant Registrar Ryan Ronco said he doesn’t know the exact number of ballots that remain to be counted or if that number will be enough to affect the outcome of the third seat.

There are 24,931 registered voters in the city of Lincoln. On Nov. 6, the total number of votes cast was 40,267 for the entire race, according to the semi-official election summary, but not the total number of ballots. On Nov. 6, 16,968 ballots were accepted.

The difference between the number of registered voters and those whose ballots were accepted Nov. 6 is 7,963.

“Last night (Nov. 6) is a good number, but not a final number,” Ronco said. “We know countywide we had 14,000 ballots we were able to signature verify but not get into last night’s count. Now we will add the vote by mail ballots dropped off at the polls that were not counted last night plus the provisional ballots cast Tuesday.”

Ronco said today (Nov. 8) the elections office will get a sense of how many vote by mail ballots remain to be counted.

“What we do is we go through all the materials returned Election Night, organize those by supervisor district and then count them to determine how many votes are left to count. We won’t know how many ballots from Supervisor District 2 specifically are from the city of Lincoln,” Ronco said. “The goal is to start signature verifying by noon today (Nov. 8) so we begin that part of the canvassing process.”

Lincoln voters want their city treasurer to be elected, according to unofficial results. Measure H asked Lincoln voters if the office of city treasurer should be appointed. The vote was 58.70 percent (8,685 votes) against and 41.30 percent (6,110 votes) in favor. The sole candidate for city treasurer, Terry Dorsey, received 97.30 percent (11,622 votes) of the vote. Write-ins totaled 2.70 percent (322 votes).

“I appreciate everyone who voted for me and I’ll do the best job I can as treasurer,” Dorsey said.


Obama, McClintock win

CNN reported President Barack Obama won re-election to office for four more years with 281 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 201 electoral votes. A total of 270 electoral votes determine who wins the presidency.

In Placer County, 58.67 percent voted in favor of Republican candidate Mitt Romney and 38.71 percent in favor of President Obama with 350 precincts reporting.

Republican incumbent Tom McClintock is the projected winner in the United States Representative Fourth Congressional District with 80 percent of the estimated votes counted according to CNN at 12:20 a.m. Nov. 7th. McClintock has 146,708 votes or 61 percent. Democratic challenger Jack Uppal has 92,335 or 39 percent.


Voter turnout

Ronco expected voter turnout would be high in Placer County.

Placer County has 208,598 registered voters and 350 precincts. Of that number, 127,593 cast votes. Lincoln has 27 precincts. In Lincoln, 16,968 ballots were accepted for the Lincoln City Council race Tuesday night.

Ronco said the reason for the turnout is the high number of provisional ballots, voters who wanted to cast a poll ballot instead of vote by mail and the presidential race.

“There was a groundswell of people going to polls tonight (Nov. 6 to exchange their vote by mail ballot for a poll ballot,” Ronco said. “People were adamant that their vote count tonight. I’m not sure if they were thinking their ballot would have less weight or the perception was they might not get to participate, which is not true. But it put a strain on the system. I normally anticipate how many are going to show up to vote. 

Election workers at Lincoln Veterans Memorial Hall started with 500 ballots. By 6 p.m. Nov. 6 workers were almost out of ballots, poll worker Nancy Moose said.

“This is the busiest it’s been in the 27 years I’ve been working the polls,” Moose said.

 Ronco said he’d heard reports from several precincts across Placer County they were running low on ballots.

“When poll workers get down to their last 50 ballots they are supposed to let us know so we can bring them more,” Ronco said.

The assistant registrar said each precinct also has a top screen voting machine meant for those who are visually impaired or who have dexterity issues. Other voters also can use this machine if necessary.

At the Lincoln Veterans Memorial Hall the machine was in use. The other six voting stations were occupied.

Poll worker Mary Nader said this is the first time the machine has been used. It has been available for several years at that polling location.