The counting of write-in votes for Chris Shaw in his contest with Nancy Reyering for the District 3 seat on the Woodside Town Council will begin early this week, the San Mateo County Elections Office said.
The count, which is done manually, could be completed in a matter of hours, and will be posted on the Elections Office website shortly thereafter, said Jim Irizarry, San Mateo County's assistant chief elections officer.
So far, the only votes reported are those for Ms. Reyering, whose name was on the ballot. The count as of Nov. 8 shows Ms. Reyering with 423 votes. A total of 1,032 ballots have been cast and counted so far in Woodside. Updates to the count are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 12.
The reason for the delay in counting the write-in votes is that all mailed-in ballots will be counted first. A new feature of the election this year is that the county is counting mailed-in ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 3 (Election Day) and received no later than Friday, Nov. 6. In the past, all ballots had to be received by Election Day.
Woodside Town Council candidates run by district and are required to live in the district, but they are elected town-wide. Candidates names were on the ballot in three other council districts. All were unopposed. The Nov. 8 vote count shows District 1 candidate Daniel Yost received 648 votes, District 5 candidate Tom Livermore received 661 votes, and District 7 incumbent Peter Mason received 637 votes.
The Elections Office automates the vote count for candidates whose names are printed on the ballot, but write-in votes are counted manually by checking the name written on the ballot against the write-in candidate's name as registered for that office, Mr. Irizarry said.
An Elections Office official travels to the regional post office distribution center in San Francisco each night at 11 p.m. for an early pick-up of any ballots headed for San Mateo County, Mr. Irizarry said.