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Madera County Still Processing Ballots, Two Very Tight Races

MADERA COUNTY – Ballots for the June 5 primary are still being processed at the Madera County Elections Division.

The new totals released today did not change the outcome of the unofficial results from Tuesday night (see updated totals below) but everyone is keeping an eye on two very tight races.

Incumbent District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler still holds onto his lead over challenger Marc Sobel, and has extended it to 421 votes, which is 50.75 percent – enough to hand him the win and avoid a runoff in November.

Brian Austin, who is running against Carol Moses for Superior Court Judge, also maintains a small margin that puts him over the 50 percent mark. Austin is leading by 229 votes, giving him 50.64 percent of the 20,845 ballots cast.

Approximately 6,000 mail-in and drop-off ballots were received after election day, and by 5 p.m. today, nearly 4,000 had been processed. The work will continue until next Friday, June 15, when the final totals will be released by Rebecca Martinez, County Clerk/ Recorder/ Elections. Her office has 28 days to certify the election, says Martinez, but she anticipates completing the process well ahead of the deadline.

Voter participation was very healthy for a primary election, now sitting at 40.59 percent. That percentage will go up as the final ballots are processed. The numbers are also encouraging in that this was Madera County’s first election after implementing the Voter Choice Act, where all registered voters received a ballot in the mail.

An important note: If you received a blue “Unsigned Ballot Statement” form or a blue request for “Signature Replacement,” you must return your form to the Elections Division by no later than Wednesday, June 13, by 5 p.m. Postmarks do not count.

If the signature requirement form for your Vote by Mail Ballot has not been received by the deadline, your Vote by Mail Ballot cannot be counted.

There are several ways to get those forms in to the Elections Division:

  • Mail to Madera County Elections Division, 200 W. 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637
  • Fax to 559-675-7870
  • Email to electionsinfo@maderacounty.com
  • Bring them in person to the Elections Division Office at the address above.

For more information, call the Elections Division at 800-435-0509, or visit https://votemadera.com.

District 5 Supervisor

H. Nokomis Hernandez            3.50%         288

Marc Sobel                             45.64%      3,755

Tom Wheeler                          50.75%      4,176

Superior Court Judge Office 2

Brian Austin                           50.64%       10,555

Carol Moses                          49.22%       10,259

District Attorney

David Linn                              21.99%        4,486

Paul Hornick                          32.91%        6,714

Sally Moreno                          45.03%        9,186

District 2 Supervisor

Al Galvez                                 34.93%       1,334

David Rogers                           64.86%       2,477

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