Registrar updates primary results

The local winners of the June 5 primary election are maintained their leads Wednesday when the Riverside County Registrar of Voters updated the vote count.

The closest desert race continues to be for Riverside County Board of Education, where incumbent Elizabeth Romero Toledo has 51.06 percent of the vote and challenger Carl Brown has 48.94 percent.

Toledo’s lead has now widened to 645 votes.

Countywide, there are 7,000 provisional ballots left to be processed.

The registrar will provide additional  updates on June 22.

Registrar posts more election results

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters provided an updated election tally this evening, but none of the results of local races changed

The closest desert race is for Riverside County Board of Education, where incumbent Elizabeth Romero Toledo has 50.96 percent of the vote and challenger Carl Brown has 49.04 percent.

Only 563 votes separate them.

Countywide, there are about 7,300 vote-by-mail and 7,000 provisional ballots still to count. Another 4,200 damaged ballots must be duplicated and processed.

The registrar will post more results on Wednesday.


County school board race still too close to call

The incumbent for one Riverside County Board of Education seat widened a still-narrow lead, according to the results posted today by the Riverside County Registrar.

With all precincts reporting, incumbent and Thermal resident Elizabeth Romero Toledo had a about a 1.6 percentage point lead over challenger Carl Brown.

That represents a difference of about 400 votes.

Toledo represents trustee area 6, which includes the areas of Desert Sands and Coachella Valley unified school districts.

There are about 49,200 ballots from Riverside County that still must be counted, the Riverside County Registrar of Voters reported Wednesday.

The next results will be posted Friday evening.

Counting the rest of the ballots

There have been a few questions raised about why – after a remarkably smooth election night – the Riverside County Registrar of Voters won’t have more results until Friday evening.

The county has 49,200 ballots that must still be counted. And by all accounts, that’s fairly typical.

Election officials across California have until July 3 to finish canvassing and until July 6 to provide a certified vote count to the Secretary of State.

“While Election Day has come and gone, the meticulous tasks of reviewing signatures on vote-by-mail envelopes and verifying registrations of people who voted provisionally continues in each of the 58 counties,” Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement today.

In Riverside County, staffers will start processing the remaining ballots on Thursday:

– Counting the 38,000 remaining vote by mail ballots is a tedious process that includes about a half-dozen steps, including validating every voter signature.

– Staff will check the 7,000 provisional ballots to ensure no one voted more than once.

– Election officials will also duplicate the 4,200 ballots that were damaged to ensure every vote gets counted.

The California Secretary of State’s office eon Thursday will release similar details for the other counties too. They’ll be posted here.

Riverside County is expected to post more results around 6 p.m. Friday.

DA union still hopeful Henry pulls out a win

With more than 49,000 ballots still to be counted, the president of the Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Association is still hopeful that judicial challenger John Henry can pull off a victory.

Henry, a prosecutor, was challenging Riverside County Superior Court Judge Craig Riemer. The unofficial tally has Riemer with 51.26 percent and Henry with 48.74 percent.

Riemer maintained the lead with each posting of new results. There are 4,004 votes between them.

“It’s very close. … One can only hope,” said John Aki, president of the district attorney union. “Our whole point was that we wanted to raise awareness in the community about these activist judges. I think we were successful in that.”

The Henry-Riemer showdown was the most closely-watched judicial contest on Tuesday’s ballot. Three other judges also retained their seats.

The Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Association spent more than $100,000 on Henry’s campaign. They also backed challenger Richard Nixon, who failed to unseat Judge Gary Tranbarger.

Henry told The Desert Sun that he hadn’t contacted Riemer yet, but planned to call him “to congratulate him and let that be that.”

“I understand that the incumbency is always a difficult thing to overcome,” Henry said. “I thought we did a good job in trying to get our message out to voters. Obviously, we missed about 4,000 of them.”

The Riverside County Registrar will post more results Friday evening.

Officials have to process about 38,000 remaining vote-by-mail and 7,000 provisional ballots. They also have to duplicate and count 4,200 damaged ballots.

Bono Mack thanks supporters

Rep. Mary Bono Mack issued a statement early this morning, thanking supporters for what a press release described as an  ”unexpectedly large landslide victory.”

“The voters of California’s 36th Congressional District have sent a clear message of support,” the Palm Springs Republican said in the release.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve in Congress and today’s vote makes me both humble and proud. This is the first step. I will continue to serve this region with a commonsense, independent approach to government, always fighting for the values we share in our district.”

Bono Mack garnered 58.1 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial tally of Tuesday’s primary. Her Democratic challenger, emergency room physician Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert, got 41.9 percent.

The results really don’t carry much weight, except in terms of building momentum and attracting donors. Both candidates will face off again in November.

In case you missed it, Ruiz released these comments Tuesday night:

“The campaign starts now, and we’re very optimistic about our ability to win.  Our strategy from Day 1 has been to save our resources for November,” Ruiz said in the statement.

“Washington is broken, and people are sick and tired of partisan bickering and career politicians who have lost touch with their districts.

“This election is going to be a choice between a career politician and a proven public servant.  As an emergency room doctor, I’ve been trained on how to solve problems and get things done.  And that’s precisely the kind of approach we need right now.”

Riverside County posts more results, leads hold steady

The candidates in one Riverside County Superior Court race and a county school board contest are likely in for a long night.

The fourth round of results just came in from the Riverside County Registrar’s office, and it’s still not determined if school board incumbent Elizabeth Toledo will retain her seat.

While three of the county judges have solid leads, Judge Craig Riemer is holding onto a 2.88 percentage point lead over prosecutor John Henry.

You can see all of the results here.

The results include 145,305 ballots. The registrar anticipates it represents 48.7 percent of the votes that were cast in today’s primary.

Registrar Kari Verjil didn’t predict how long it would take to process all the ballots.

Next results coming after 9 p.m.

The Riverside County Registrar Kari Verjil says the next round of election results will be posted “soon after 9 p.m.”

The next results will include the ballots from early voting that was done at Westfield Palm Desert and other malls throughout the county.

The ballots that Coachella Valley voters cast at the polls today are being collected at locations throughout the desert and will be taken by sheriff’s deputies to Riverside to be counted.

Because of the travel time, those ballots are usually not included in the first batches of results.

Polls close, wait for results begins

Polls across California were closing at 8 p.m. today.

If someone is standing in line when the polls close, election officials will let them vote.

Riverside County Registrar Kari Verjil has said she expected the first batch of results within 15 minutes of polls closing.

That posting should include most if not all of the 129,846 vote-by-mail ballots that were turned in by 1 p.m. today.  Those ballots represent 15.2 percent of the county’s registered voters.

You can get the latest results at or by the county registrar’s site.

Because the two Assembly seats span beyond Riverside County’s borders, the final results will be compiled by the Secretary of State’s office.

A Field Poll released today predicted record low turnout across the state.

Field Poll predicts record low turnout

A Field Poll released today warns that California may set a record for the lowest ever turnout in a presidential primary.

Officials estimate that no more than 6 million Californians will cast ballots in today’s election, representing just 35 percent of the state’s voters.

If the prediction holds true, it also means that only one in four of the state’s citizen-eligible adults would have gone to the polls.

You can read more of the results here.

In Riverside County, Registrar Kari Verjil said turnout for presidential primaries is usually between 30 and 40 percent.

If you want to prove the Field Poll wrong, be sure to head to the polls before they close at 8 p.m. You can look up your polling place here.