Report says

March 07, 2002

34 percent voted locally


Staff Writer

An unofficial report published Wednesday shows at least 34 percent of registered voters in Imperial County voted in Tuesday's primary election.

The report by the county Elections Department shows 15,399 voters went to polls and another 800 voted by absentee ballot. There are 48,336 registered voters in the county.

The numbers reflect ballots counted so far, county Registrar of Voters Dolores Provencio said.

There are still about 1,394 unprocessed absentee ballots and another 247 provisional ballots, Provencio said. With absentee and provisional ballots still being counted, close races can't be called.


Candidates in the Imperial Irrigation District Division 3 race are separated by 49 votes.

Challenger Ruben A. Garcia may have upset incumbent Lloyd Allen. Garcia has 6,735 votes, for 49.84 percent, to Allen's 6,686, for 49.40 percent, according to the unofficial results.

In another close race, Board of Supervisors District 5 incumbent Wally Leimgruber holds a lead over Brawley City Councilman Esteban "Steve" Vasquez of only 135 votes, in unofficial results.

Provencio said elections officials still need to complete manual audits and inspections for each ballot.

Provencio hopes to have final election numbers within 10 days.

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