My research assistant—hat tip, JDS!—noticed that one of the Alameda precincts on the County Registrar of Voters map (you need to click on the precinct map link in the top right corner and zoom in), number 301400 over by Otis Elementary, was still light green (dark green means results in). So I called the registrar to find out what that means. The clerk there said, “They’re still unofficial votes, so they’re still going to be uploading. It’ll probably show something else by the end of the day. It could be the touch spring cartridge is not uploading.” It sounds like it isn’t yet clear if the regular votes (not provisional or absentee) from 301400 had been counted or not: whether it’s a problem with the map changing color or with the actual uploading of votes.* She also said there’s still a lot of work to do, that the results are far from set. “You’re not going to know the results for 28 days,” she told me. “We still have to check all the provisionals and absentees.” It’s too early, also, to get a count on the number of provisional ballots. The more the better, though, because the percentage of ‘yes’ votes from those who voted yesterday was running about 72 percent, according to Andy Currid of KASE. Whereas the absentee ballots that were sent in early (those first returns you saw last night) were running about 62 percent ‘yes.’ “It’s way to early to say we’ve lost,” said Currid. “But if that’s where it ends up we’re going to be starting the school year four million in the hole.” In conclusion? I think there’s still a little bit of hope out there.
*As of 11 a.m. today, the precinct has gone dark green with no change in vote totals.