PASADENA, Calif.–The “Second Count” of all remaining eligible ballots not counted on April 18 for the District 7 Council run-off election were counted today, April 26, 2017, by the #Pasadena City Clerk’s Office. Councilmember Andy Wilson was declared the winner with a final vote tally of 1,793 votes, 50.5 percent of the vote, over challenger Phil Hosp, with 1,757 votes, or 49.4 percent, a 36-vote margin.
First-time candidate Hosp went into the “Second Count” with a 20-vote lead over incumbent Wilson, based on the “First Count” election night tallies, April 18, which saw Mr. Hosp with 1,602 votes, or 50.3 percent, and Mr. Wilson 20 votes behind, with 1,582 votes, or 49.6 percent. That was on April 18, 2017.
Today, April 26, 2017, 81 provisional ballots were counted that were turned into the polls on April 18, and 285 vote-by-mail ballots that were collected or delivered April 18-21, were counted, for a total of 366 votes counted today in the Council Chambers, witnessed by both candidates and many of their supporters.
On Tuesday, April 25, the candidates and/or their representatives met with City Clerk Mark Jomsky and his team to go over the analysis of eligibility of the remaining ballots in terms of valid signatures, possible duplicates, correct postmarks, etc. There were 22 ballots (not part of the 366 counted today) that were determined to be ineligible to be counted, including seven provisional ballots and 15 vote by mail ballots.
Before the vote can be certified, a mandatory, manual, by-hand random sample (re)count of both polling ballots and vote-by-mail ballots will be completed by the City Clerk’s Office. Certification by the City Clerk will be completed this week prior to the May 1, 2017 Council meeting.