Marin elections office nears conclusion in ballot count

Marin County Registrar of Voters Lynda Roberts says her department has tallied nearly all of the ballots cast in the Nov. 8 election.

“We anticipate counting a last batch of about 150 ballots next week,” Roberts said Wednesday. More than 121,000 ballots were cast in the general election.

Little is expected to change before the election is certified. Most local races and ballot measures were not close enough to be affected by the addition of newly counted ballots.

Many races were definitive from the beginning, such as the one in the Marin Municipal Water District, where board members who failed in their bids for reelection lost by large margins. As of Wednesday, Ranjiv Khush was leading Division 3 incumbent Larry Bragman by nearly 30 points. Matthew Samson was leading Division 1 incumbent Jack Gibson by over 24 points.

Among the local ballot measures, Measure D in Belvedere had the best chance of changing with late counted votes. The measure proposed a real estate property tax to raise money to strengthen sea walls, levees and utility lines against the threat of natural catastrophe.

The day after the election, Measure D, which required majority support to pass, had the support of 47.74% of the voters. By Wednesday, however, its support had dwindled to 44.22%.

Measure K, which would have repealed Sausalito’s ban on cannabis sales, also lost ground as more votes were counted. Following the election it had been rejected by 72% of voters. By Wednesday, the no vote had grown to 73.56%.

In the Assembly race, Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly’s lead over California Coastal Commission member Sara Aminzadeh shrank somewhat, but Aminzadeh, who has conceded, is unlikely to close the gap.

District 12 includes all of Marin County and about 45% of Sonoma County. Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County’s registrar of voters, said her county has only about 2,000 ballots left to count.

At this point Connolly has 51.8% of the vote, leading Aminzadeh by 6,419 votes.

Despite his years of government service in Marin as a supervisor and San Rafael councilman, Connolly performed better in Sonoma than in Marin. As of Wednesday, Connolly led Aminzadeh by nearly 6 percentage points in Sonoma while in Marin his lead was barely over 2 points. Aminzadeh lives in Kentfield.

Connolly said after the election that he made a strategic decision to focus much of his campaigning in Sonoma after Aminzadeh outperformed him there in the June 7 primary.

Another Marin candidate who hoped that late counted ballots would save the day was also disappointed.

San Anselmo Councilman Ford Greene, who was seeking a fifth term on the council, was one of four candidates vying for two open seats. The day after the election Greene trailed Tarrell Kullaway, the second-place finisher, by less than a percentage point, just 12 votes.

Greene has lost more ground with each vote update. By Wednesday, Kullaway’s lead had grown to 509 votes, or nearly 5 percentage points.

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