We’re finally calling several election contests after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters tabulated more than 70,000 late-arriving ballots over the weekend and the new updates failed to change the races significantly. In all, the registrar has counted more than 150,000 ballots since Election Night, bringing the total ballots cast in the county to 551,140 as of late Sunday.
Registrar Dave MacDonald told the Express on Saturday that his office planned to begin counting the 40,000 provisional ballots today. However, we think those votes are unlikely to change the outcomes of the contests we’re now calling. Any race that’s still closer than 2 percentage points remains too close to call.
As a result, we’re calling Dan Kalb as the winner of the Oakland City Council District 1 race. In ranked-choice balloting, Kalb has maintained a substantial lead over Amy Lemley since last Tuesday. Currently, he’s ahead 51.91 percent to 48.09 percent.
In Berkeley, Measure S, the sit/lie ordinance, has lost. Measure S has been losing since Election Night, and currently is behind 48.38 percent to 51.66 percent. However, we think Measure T, West Berkeley development, is still too close to call. It’s losing 49.52 percent to 50.48 percent, a margin of 440 votes.