Vote Count June 2006

Item 6/7/2006 6/8/2006 6/9/2006 6/12/2006 6/13/2006 6/14/2006
Total Uncounted 68,500   66,500   35,455   15500   12500   4500  
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE 52ND DISTRICT - DEMOCRATIC
Total Counted 25542   36662   38915   42221   42455   43212  
Total Blank 8280 32.42% 9061 24.71% 9775 25.12% 10860 25.72% 10910 25.70% 11133 25.76%
Total Over     0   0   0   0   0  
Total Under     0   0   0   0   0  
KAREN MARIE OTTER 3975 15.73% 4342 15.90% 4552 15.84% 4886 15.84% 4918 15.85% 4998 15.84%
DEREK CASADY 4953 19.61% 5332 19.52% 5592 19.45% 6004 19.46% 6030 19.43% 6129 19.43%
JOHN RINALDI 9820 38.87% 10599 38.81% 11156 38.81% 11944 38.71% 12011 38.70% 12219 38.73%
CONNIE FRANKOWIAK 3740 14.80% 4056 14.85% 4288 14.92% 4622 14.98% 4662 15.02% 4722 14.97%
PETER MOORE KOCHLACS 2775 10.98% 2984 10.93% 3157 10.98% 3399 11.02% 3415 11.00% 3479 11.03%
Total Votes 25263   27313   28745   30855   31036   31547  
Total Votes+Blank     36374   38520   41715   41946   42680  
Other Votes:     288   395   506   509   532  

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE 50TH DISTRICT - (RUN-OFF)
Total Counted     134302   144963   156335   157610   159890  
Total Blank     3418 2.55% 3665 2.53% 3944 2.52% 3981 2.53% 4384 2.74%
Total Over     0   0   0   0   0  
Total Under     0   0   0   0   0  
PAUL KING 1875 1.53% 1995 1.53% 2201 1.57% 2418 1.60% 2437 1.60% 2465 1.59%
BRIAN BILBRAY 60319 49.33% 64554 49.50% 69617 49.51% 75247 49.66% 75783 49.61% 76557 49.51%
FRANCINE BUSBY 55587 45.46% 59021 45.26% 63489 45.15% 68131 44.96% 68746 45.00% 69710 45.08%
W. GRIFFITH - IND 4492 3.67% 4846 3.72% 5318 3.78% 5738 3.79% 5804 3.80% 5889 3.81%
Total Votes 122273   130416   140625   151534   152770   154621  
Total Votes+Blank     133834   144290   155478   156751   159005  
Other Votes:     468   673   857   859   885  

Order of candidates per official registrar of voters XML file.
6/7/2006 figures taken from June 8, 2006 Union Tribune and updated from Registrar of Voters.
"Total Blank" figures are available only in the raw XML file used to generate the http://www.sdvote.org/election/primary.xml page.
(To view it, right-click in middle of the election results, save to file, then open that file with Notepad.exe.)
"Total Votes" is the votes for all the candidates summed.
"Total Votes + Blank" is the "Total Votes" added to the (you guessed it) the "Total Blank" votes.
"Other Votes" is the "Total Counted" minus the "Total Votes + Blank". Bob McDaniel says these are the random write-ins, the so-called "Donald Ducks".

The Number and Percent of Precincts Reporting is a very confusing figure. I discussed this with the Registrar of Voters. First, there are a number of physical precincts, and there are a number of absentee ballot types. For the city of San Diego, for example, there were a total of 1903 precincts shown in their reports. Of these, 257 are absentee ballot type, and the remainder, 1646, are physical precincts.

When they first start displaying the results, they show 257 precincts reporting. These are actually the absentee ballot types. But, these are only partially counted at that time. The physical precincts come in a bit later, and they are essentially completely counted as soon as they report. The ballots are scanned at the polling place so the results from those precincts can be updated immediately. So as soon as more precincts are "reporting" they are actually completed with their counting.

Meanwhile, the initial 257 ballot types have not been finished being counted until over a week later. When you read "100% precincts reporting" it implies that they are done being counted, but that is not the case. The initial 257 pseudo-precincts aren't finished until later. The Union-Trib acts like the election is over, but a large percentage of the ballots were not yet counted. I don't think most people understand this.

To make matters worse, more and more people are signing up to be permanent absentee voters. This year, they said over 350,000 voters were permanent absentees. In 2002, it was only about 15,000. That's a huge change and their reporting has not kept up.

If they were to report this correctly, they would say that 0% are counted until they are actually finished counting them. At the end of the first day, they still had 65,000 ballots to scan. That means the 257 "precincts" are not counted yet, and in our area, and only 48% of the precincts are fully counted. I'm sure they don't do this because everyone expects them to be done right away, and so they produce this deceptive output.

-- Raymond Lutz - 09 Nov 2006
Topic revision: r1 - 2006-11-09, RaymondLutz
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