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RESULTS IN: Ballot Mixup Doesn’t Affect Votes on Measure H

The word is… Measure H passes, any way you slice it.

During last week´s election, a problem arose when residents of the Sonora Elementary School District were allowed to vote on Measure H. Only residents in the Columbia School District were supposed to have Measure H on their ballots.

Tim Johnson, Elections Clerk for Tuolumne County, says after a consultation with the county counsel, the percentages remain the same when the accidental votes are subtracted from the totals.

“The election results shall not be annulled or set aside upon any proof thereof unless the rejection of the results of that precinct would change the results of the office or measure in the remaining votes of the county,” said Johnson.

The total of all the election numbers indicates Measure H passes.

With 1351 ´yes´ votes and 1052 ´no´ votes, the measure passes 56 percent to 44 percent.

When the 79 problem votes are subtracted, Measure H still passes 56 percent to 44 percent.

Does the mixup spell trouble for the Elections Department in the future? Johnson says probably not.

“We´ll just have to make sure that when we do the poll-workers´ training class, that we make sure that those precincts that have more than one ballot type… are aware they have more than one ballot type.”

Johnson says the numbers can now be submitted to the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors.