Alameda County Counts 120,000 Late Absentees


We're close to having final results for last week's election from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The county registrar posted a massive update on Sunday, after counting about 120,000 absentee ballots that were turned in or postmarked on Election Day. However, the update failed to change any of the races. Registrar spokesman Guy Ashley said his office still is counting about 30,000 provisional ballots from around the county. Those may be completed by the end of the week or sometime next week.

One result update that we should have posted last week was the Fremont mayor's race. The contest focused squarely on the Oakland A's plans to move to Fremont and those plans appear to remain strong because incumbent Bob Wasserman appears to be headed for an easy reelection. Wasserman is a huge supporter of the A's planned move, and he's ahead with 42 percent of the vote. In second place is Councilman Steve Cho with 33 percent, and in third is ex-Mayor Gus Morrison with 21 percent. Morrison is the leading opponent of the A's planned move while Cho wanted to put the proposal on the ballo -- a move that the A's were said to oppose. — Robert Gammon