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Live Coverage of the SLVHA Recall

It's almost over. San Lorenzo Patch will be there live with all the action—and the results—from the contentious election to recall Homes Association Director Brenda Carr.

After months of fits and starts, the election to recall embattled San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Director Brenda Carr will arrive at its (no doubt) dramatic conclusion Thursday evening. 

San Lorenzo Patch will be on hand through the count with live updates, pictures and commentary. Be sure to check back with us through the evening as the story unfolds. 

Voters have until 11 a.m. Thursday to hand-deliver their tardy ballots to the address in Dublin where votes have been collected. Unlike your average public election, every vote is certain to count—there's no minimum number of ballots that must be returned in order to render the recall valid.

UniLect will be counting ballots beginning at 3 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Hall on Paseo Grande. Election officials expect the count to take a couple of hours, after which results should be announced. 

The counting will immediately precede the Association's regularly scheduled monthly meeting. 

Mrs. Bonilla March 17, 2011 at 06:54 PM
This evening will be a win for some and a loss for others - but I ask all of you that live in San Lorenzo to please remember when this is all said and done we are still Neighbors, we are still a Community and we still need to all get along.
Lorenzo Native March 17, 2011 at 07:55 PM
The sad truth Mrs. Bonilla is that there are no winners or losers. What has this recall brought to our community? Patch's contributions have been more destructive than most allowing a small group of subversive people to turn public opinion not to the issue at hand, did she or didn't she, but to redirect towards the HO staff and the current board members. Can you find people who don't like the HO association, of course, but is that the issue? There are many casualties in this whole process including those who have remained silent and have taken the bashing and berating of nameless faceless persons. I agree with your sentiments and hope that we can find a way to rebuild a stronger San Lorenzo.
Thomas Clarke March 17, 2011 at 08:11 PM
The heroes of this are those that choose to vote.
Thomas Clarke March 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM
1,481 valid ballots out of how many mailed out? 6,000 total? That sounds like 24% of the village cared one way or the other. Does not speak well for democracy does it.
Sonja Sharp March 18, 2011 at 12:01 AM
There were 5,715 ballots mailed. An additional 41 people turned in ballots that were rendered invalid because they were not signed.
Thomas Clarke March 18, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Sonja, 41 people turned in unsigned ballots? Does this mean that there were a total of 5,756 ballots? If that is so is your earlier tweet that there were 1,481 valid ballots correct? If that is so then slightly less than 26% of the electorate voted, or 1 in 4. This will be a good example of a resounding will. If 741 people vote no does that mean that Brenda Carr stays on?
Sonja Sharp March 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM
The Tweet is correct. To clarify, out of 5,715 ballots mailed to homeowners, 1,522 were returned, 1,481 of which were valid (41 unsigned envelopes were automatically invalidated, as per established association rules). A handful of additional ballots have been invalidated for other reasons. UniLect says this is standard. Because each household has two votes, the total yes/no will likely be higher, but a simple majority will carry the day.
Thomas Clarke March 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Sonja, thank you for the clarification. So is the total valid votes 1,481 or is it 2,962? So the 5,715 ballots mailed actually represent 11,430 votes? Is a simple majority 50% +1 vote? I understand that the totals are not expected until later, like at 7PM. Is there an additional charge for that?
Thomas Clarke March 18, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Sonja, can you clarify the electoral math? As I understand it, 5,715 ballots were mailed and 1,479 were counted, meaning slightly less than 26% of the electorate voted. Of those 1,479 ballots, 1,350 ballots or 2,701 votes were cast to recall Brenda Carr. That would be 91% of the ballots were for recall. Of those 1,479 ballots, 408 ballots or 815 votes were cast to retain Brenda Carr. That would be 9%. Can you explain how 2,701 votes for recall and 815 votes to retain add up to 1,479 ballots? The numbers do not seem to balance.
Sonja Sharp March 18, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Thomas, I think you will find your answers in our follow-up story, posted now. The very short reply is: each ballot holds two votes.

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