Question ballots still to be counted

Election update: omitted transit, parks, library results

Ballot watchers will have their eyes on two close elections from the May 16 ballot: a two-vote margin between John Everitt and Svea Truax for Position 2 on the Port of Hood River Board of Commission, and a six-vote lead by Benjamin Sheppard over David Russo for Position 2 on the Hood River County School Board.

Results of three Special Districts races were inadvertently cut off or omitted in the weekend print edition.

In the Hood River County Transportation District, five new board members were elected. In the six-person race for positions 1-4, Mark Reynolds took the highest count with almost 25 percent of votes, followed by Marbe Cook, Leanne Hogie, and Effie Mooney. In the Position 5 race, Theresa North edged Bobbi Reisner with 55.78 percent of the vote.

In the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District race, two positions were up for election in a nine-person field. Anna Cavaleri came out on top with 22.49 percent of the vote, trailed by Nan Noteboom with 17.12 percent; Nick Kraemer was next with 16.9 percent.

Hood River Library District Board: Three positions were up for election: Sara Marsden, Megan Janik, and Karen Bureker received 28 percent, 27 percent, and 23 percent of the vote, respectively. In fourth was Brian Hackett with 21 percent.

Letters have gone out to about 36 voters who need to visit the Elections Office in person to remedy questions over the signature on their ballot or other concerns keeping officials from tabulating it. These include at least 16 with signatures that do not match the registration.

Given the number of votes, it is likely they could affect the wafer-thin port and school board races.

The deadline to come in is May 30 at 5 p.m. County Elections can be reached at 541-386-1442. Those voters receiving letters must personally come to the office for their ballots to be counted.

Another factor is the unknown number of ballots cast in other counties that had not been received by the Hood River County Elections office by election day.

Correction: In the May 20 edition, a page A1 sidebar headline should have read: “Votes Yet To Count,” referring to the “question” ballot situation.

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