By Debra Moore
The final votes have been verified and counted. This morning Plumas County Clerk Recorder Marcy DeMartile released the final tallies, which are scheduled to be certified by the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6.
The results had been anticipated to be available last Friday or yesterday, but when asked yesterday, DeMartile said that six verification statements had been returned — within the allowable timeframe — and needed to be processed.
Voting procedures vary by state. California allows a seven-day period for ballots to be received and counted as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day. Also according to California voting rules, ballot curing is mandated — meaning that counties must contact voters with missing or mismatched envelope signatures so they have an opportunity to submit valid signatures. California election officials are also allowed 30 days to count every ballot.
Following are the original results that were posted on election night Nov. 8; and then next to those numbers in bold are the final tallies. As anticipated, the numbers increased, but the results did not change. Measure B, the bond measure to build a new hospital in Chester, passed. Plumas Unified School District Trustee Leslie Edlund won another term on the school board. Bill Powers will retain his seat on the Portola City Council, but Leah Turner bested incumbent Phil Oels.
Plumas County experienced a 63 percent voter turnout. Sierra County had a 71 percent voter turnout; second only to Amador County with a 72 percent voter turnout. Statewide, only 48 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot. Compare that number to the 80.67 percent that voted in the 2020 Presidential election.
Seneca Measure B:
1,200 Yes votes; and 309 No votes 1,442 Yes votes; 380 No votes
Plumas Unified School District Trustee Area 5:
Incumbent Leslie Edlund: 812 940
Challenger Coby Hakalir: 534 612
Portola City Council (select 2):
Incumbent Phil Oels: 232 304
Incumbent Bill Powers: 271 347
Challenger Leah Turner: 266 330
To see how Plumas County voted on other offices and state propositions see below:Unofficial Final November 2022