November 10, 2010

Cassidy Lead Narrows in New Vote Count

Mayor-elect Stephen Cassidy's lead narrowed to just 172 votes today in the race for mayor in San Leandro's first use of ranked choice voting. A previous run of the ranked choice voting algorithm on Friday, November 5, 2010, had Cassidy with a 281-vote lead over incumbent San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos. The unofficial count gives Cassidy 10,119 votes to 9,947 for Santos.

Data from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters show that 941 San Leandro voters didn't vote for any candidate in the Mayor's race and 52 voted for more than candidate. There were a total of 23,184 ballots cast and 20,066 ballots with votes in the final round.

According to coverage in the Daily Review, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters acknowledges that there could be a small number of ballots that are not yet counted, but not enough to change the outcome of the race.

Prior to the ranked choice algorithm, Santos had taken the lead by 117 votes. Cassidy had led by 58 votes as of the November 5 vote count. Once again, Cassidy received the most of Sara Mestas' second place votes, but was behind by 51 votes until Joyce Starosciak's second place votes were allocated. Cassidy received 1,960 of Starosciak's second place votes compared to 1,737 for Santos.

Cassidy served on the San Leandro School Board from 2004 to 2008. Santos served on the San Leandro City Council from 1984 to 1992 and again from 2002 to 2006, when he was elected Mayor.

Results will not be final until later this month.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at November 10, 2010 7:17 PM | TrackBack
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