As of May 12, Weir said his office had received a total of 43,381 Measure C ballots, 1,082 of which were turned in at the two drop-offs. Voter turnout for the special election now shows at 53 percent, higher than reported earlier, which includes ballots received at Weir's office in Martinez by mail on May 5. The extra 4,110 votes are expected to be added to the vote totals already reported online when the election is finalized early next week. No matter what the final tally, Measure C passed by the required two-thirds vote.
"We're hopeful of making this election final before the May 19 special election," Weir explained.
The overlap between the two special elections has created some difficulty in Weir's office and an expected upgrade of its ballot sorting machine has not come fully online, exacerbating the situation.
Weir said he was surprised by the large number of people coming to the drop-off locations.
"It was constant throughout the day," he stated. "Some people do not want to send their signature through the mail on the outside of an envelope. Several people told us that. We're trying to figure out what to do with that."
Two ways of solving that issue are by including a second envelope or by using a detachable flap. Weir said either of those will work, but both will cost money.
"We're trying to rethink this but it comes at a time when were trying to reduce the cost of government," he said. "So every decision we make has a cost filter on it."
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