(11/8/2016) by Dave Emerson: You can get tonight’s election reports first hand straight from the Orange County Registrar’s office with one simple click by clicking here (https://www.ocvote.com/results/current-election-results/), beginning at 8:05 p.m. tonight, when early voting and vote-by-mail ballots counted so far will be released.
We also hope to post those results for GG and for Cypress and Los Alamitos City Council Races here at about that time, on a separate strand set up to encourage CIVIL local discussion of the results and anything else of interest, (like stuffing recipes or whether to move to Canada, Mexico, South County or Barton Place if it’s ever built).
The next update from the Registrar until 9:30 pm, when the first unofficial results from OC polling places will be added. After that, updates will be released every half hour until about 1 am Wednesday.
After that updates will continue by 5 pm every weeknight as additional vote-by-mail ballot are counted until the last official results are posted. We plan to post the 9:30 pm update here this evening and the final update tonight tomorrow morning, all on the same post that we expect to begin around 8 tonight.
What to expect:
Cypress Measure GG: Around half of the total vote should post at 8:05, most of it cast over two weeks ago. On Measure GG, I expect the early voting to be stronger against than the election day voting, but I could be wrong. If No is ahead by at least 65% at 8:05, I’d expect it to pass by at least 55%, but it’s hard to predict exactly how much the last minute shenanigans at SeaCoast Grace Church and the OC Registrar’s Editorial Board will impact later voting.
Los Alamitos City Council: I expect Richard Murphy to win handily, which would pretty much be good news for everyone except for some special interests, since he took no special interest money, but seems to listen well to just about everyone. The race for the second seat between incumbent Dean Grose and challenger Josh Wilson should be closer, with Dean’s numbers tailing down a bit from the initial early voting totals. Both candidates have significant strengths, and the race is really to close to call from what I’ve seen, but I’m going to go out on a limb and call a narrow victory for Josh.
Cypress City Council: No need to go out on a limb here. Both incumbents by a landslide, or I’ll eat my hat. Which is a safe bet for me because I rarely wear a hat. Although, given my hair (or lack thereof), I probably should. The incumbents, especially Mariellen Yarc, have done a fairly good job overall, and are probably two of Cypress top 3 Council Members, although you really should ask George Pardon about that, not me.
Actual schedule of OC election results reporting:
Tuesday, November 8th – 8:05 p.m. First Election Night unofficial results.
Tuesday, November 8th – 9:30 p.m. – first unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 10:00 p.m. – second unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 10:30 p.m. – third unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 11:00 p.m. – fourth unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 11:30 p.m. – fifth unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 12:00 a.m. – sixth unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 12:30 a.m. – seventh unofficial results from polling places
Tuesday, November 8th – 1:00 a.m. – eighth unofficial results from polling places
(and tentative last update for the evening)
Wednesday, November 9th – 5:00 p.m. first post Election Night unofficial results from additional vote-by-mail ballots.
Updates will continue each weekday by 5:00 p.m. during the canvass period until the last official results are posted.
As always, your comments, diplomatically expressed in relatively polite language, are encouraged. Please keep it relatively civil. . . we all live in the same area. (Except for Christo Bardis, and his campaign consultants, perhaps. But show some WOC class and please be civil to him too.)