Alan Day wins EID seat
Alan Day, whom some opponents criticized as overly “rate-centric,” connected with approximately 3,200 other El Dorado Irrigation District ratepayers in the Nov. 8 election to win the post of director of EID Division 5.
Incumbent Harry Norris received about 39 percent of the vote with 2,122.
El Dorado County Elections Department Director Bill Schultz said the tally his staff made of absentee ballots at one minute past 8 Tuesday night showed Day ahead of Norris, roughly 2,700 to about 1,900.
Schultz explained that in his experience the first count of absentee ballots typically sets the stage for the rest of the election. “Nothing much changes after the first mail-in ballots are checked,” he said.
Total turnout in EID Division 5 was 5,353 or just more than 25 percent of eligible voters, according to Schultz.
A three-way race for EID’s Division 1 went to incumbent George Osborne. Challenged by Ray Van Asten of Pollock Pines and Rob Carey of Camino, Osborne garnered 1,747 or a little more than 52 percent of the 3,345 votes cast. Van Asten got 1,222, and Carey picked up 10 percent with 356 votes.
The overall turnout for Division 1 was 26.95 percent as of the “fourth and last unofficial final count.”
Schultz noted that the county must carry out a series of checks and verifications under state election laws before the final results are registered, probably sometime this week.