A hand count of ballots cast in the race for District 1 Supervisor has been completed and the unofficial count held true. Dan Totheroh will take his seat on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors this coming January.
The race for District 1 County Supervisor was the only contested race in the county in the June 3 Primary, and voters gave Totheroh the votes he needed to take the win without heading back to the polls in November.
Following a tally of all votes cast last week, including those at the polls, mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, less than 100 votes separated the top two contenders, Dave Tanksley and Totheroh. A margin of only six votes gave Totheroh, the leader, the 50 percent plus one needed to win the election outright and avoid a run-off in November. The second runnerup, Bill Stoll, logged 94 votes, taking him out of the race.
County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote initiated a hand-count of the District 1 ballots on Monday, to ensure that the count was accurate. That hand-count was completed Monday.
“The 100 percent hand tally of the 1st District Supervisor race has concluded and the results of the manual tally matched the results of the machine tally exactly,” Foote said Tuesday. “I ordered the 100 percent hand tally to ensure that all votes cast were tallied as intended in the machine county. Sometimes a voter can mark a ballot in such a way that the machine would miss something that was evident to the human eye. The hand tally confirmed that the machines’ counts accurately reflected voter intent.”
The official, final tally is:
Totheroh said he was impressed with the 47 percent voter turnout and with the conduct of both Stoll and Tanksley. “I was very surprised that it wasn’t a closer race,” he said. “It was way beyond my expectation that we don’t have a run-off. I would like to thank all of those who voted and let all of them know I represent all of them. I also want to thank Dave and Bill for the work they put in.”
Stoll said he felt the race for District 1 was clean, and offered his congratulations to Totheroh. “He did a great job,” Stoll said. “I just wish more people would have taken an interest and we could have had more debates or get-togethers.”
Tanksley had not responded as of press time to the Register’s request for comment on the final outcome.