The Solano County Registrar of Voters have completed the count of Election Day ballots, and added those results to previously received mail-in ballots. The result is still unofficial. As of 9am on Thurs. Nov. 5, The County reports an estimate of 18,000-25,000 additional County-wide vote-by-mail ballots to be received and processed, and 4,000-6,000 additional provisional ballots to be processed. Benicia’s share of those 22,000-31,000 ballots has not been reported and remains unknown. However, Benicia’s population is 7% of Solano population, and our voter turnout percentage of 71% is slightly higher than countywide 68% – so we might count for 8% of the 22,000-31,000, or 1,760-2,800 votes. The County will update its results at close of business and I will report here on any significant changes in outcome.
Details and analysis…
- 14,528 Benicia ballots were received, 71% of 20,393 registered voters. Wow!
- MAYOR results as of Thurs. Nov 5, 9am:
CANDIDATE NAME TOTAL VOTES PERCENTAGE 7,266 51.93% 4,287 30.64% 2,409 17.22%
- Steve Young won vote-by-mail by a huge margin with 55% to Christina Strawbridge’s 31% and Jason Diavatis’ 15%.
- Jason Diavatis (surprise!) won election-day voting with 36% (then Young at 34% and Strawbridge at 30%). Close!
- There were relatively few election-day votes, 1,746, compared to a whopping 12,216 vote-by-mail ballots. Thus Steve Young’s incredible overall margin of 21 points.
- CITY COUNCIL results as of Thurs. Nov. 5, 9am:
CANDIDATE NAME TOTAL VOTES PERCENTAGE 7,245 36.56% 6,269 31.63% 6,177 31.17%
- Tom Campbell won re-election to City Council with the highest vote total among candidates and a margin of just under 1,000 votes. By tradition, as top vote-getter, Campbell will be named Benicia’s Vice Mayor, replacing Christina Strawbridge in that role.
- Terry Scott won the second seat on City Council by 135 votes in election-day voting, but lost to Trevor Macenski by 43 votes in vote-by-mail. Scott’s narrow final (unofficial) margin of 92 votes is subject to counting of more mail-in ballots and provisional ballots. Keep your fingers crossed!
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Those voting YES won in vote-by-mail ballots by a margin of 526 votes. Those voting NO won in election-day voting by a margin of 123 votes. Again, mail-in voting far outnumbered election-day voters. Voters cast 12,182 mail-in ballots and only 1,765 election-day ballots. I expect that the final (unofficial) margin of 403 votes, or 2.88% is likely to hold as the County counts additional mail-in ballots and provisional ballots.