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Commissioner-elect unknown

Donna GrayPost Independent Staff

Although the polls have been closed for more than a week now and the apparent winners announced, the game is not over.Although the polls have been closed for more than a week now and the apparent winners announced, the game is not over.Approximately 360 provisional ballots remain to be counted, and they could affect the outcome of the race for Garfield County commissioner in District 2 between Republican incumbent John Martin and Greg Jeung, a Democrat.Provisional ballots are given to voters on Election Day for a variety of reasons. For example, the voters showed up at the wrong polling place, their names were not listed in the poll books or they moved and did not update their voter registration information.In the case of provisional ballots completed by people who showed up at the wrong precinct, only votes for president and vice president will be counted, County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf said.Alsdorf said provisional ballots are being reviewed and will be counted by the end of the week.”We have until Nov. 12,” Alsdorf said.According to the unofficial count, Martin beat Jeung by 229 votes. Provisional ballot counts could tip that scale either way.Both incumbent and challenger are awaiting results philosophically.”I don’t know if any of the provisional ballots will make a difference, but if it’s one percent or less it would trigger an automatic recount. I would support that,” Jeung said. As it stands, Martin won with 50.59 percent of the vote to Jeung’s 49.41 percent, more than the 1 percent maximum difference that would force an automatic recount.Martin said he’s had a number of calls, presumably from Democrats, “who said I could lose. I feel very confident … but as Yogi Berra said, it’s not over ’til it’s over. When it’s certified and signed, then we’ll know who won. I have to live with it, but I’m always positive.”Martin said he’s had a number of calls, presumably from Democrats, “who said I could lose. I feel very confident … but as Yogi Berra said, it’s not over ’til it’s over. When it’s certified and signed, then we’ll know who won. I have to live with it, but I’m always positive.”


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