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Absentees change one Nov. 6 race

November 13, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff writer

Absentee ballots helped Bernadine Swift Arrow pull ahead of Rory D. McDade Sr. to claim the second of two available seats in a tight San Pasqual Unified school board race.

The county's final election report updated the preliminary results of the race. The report includes all polling precincts and absentee ballots.

Preliminary election results were reported in the media and on the county's Web site after initial polling place counts Nov. 6.

At that time, McDade had the second-place lead with 117 votes. Swift Arrow trailed by one vote.

Absentee ballots, which were counted through Friday, gave Swift Arrow the edge with 123 votes over McDade's 120 votes. Larue Nelson garnered the most votes at 131.

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Absentee ballots increased number counts for individual candidates, but did not change the results in any other race.

Of 8,916 total ballots, 7,489 were cast at polling places. Absentee turnout accounted 1,427 ballots. Total registered voters in the county is 36,228. Ballots cast for the election Nov. 6 accounts for 24.61 percent of registered voters.

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-5432 or la_mitchel1@yahoo.com

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