It would be fair to say the old Republican machine is still running despite the national landslide for the Obama presidency.
Sharon Ullman upset Commish Paul Woods with a solid 52% to 48% of the vote. Woods even had the support of former commish and current Boise City Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt who has always been popular with voters.
Commish Rick Yzaguirre seems to be living proof that “time heals all wounds” in his incumbent victory over Idaho legislature Dem David Langhorst. That may apply to Ullman as well since she had previously been voted out of office as a commish.
The real shocker was the two to one approval of doubling of vehicle registration fees to benefit the Ada County Highway District. One would have thought it would have gone down in flames in light of the victories of fiscal conservatives Ullman and Yzaguirre.
Final notes on election process:
Exactly 180,979 ballots were cast for this election. Ada County finished tabulating ballots at approximately 4:15 a.m. this morning.
Voter registration and voter turnout numbers are unknown at this time. Data from voter registration cards must be entered into the Ada County election system, and once that is finalized, official turnout numbers can be calculated.
The election results are not official until the county’s canvass, which also takes a few days to process.
Absentee balloting caused minor delays early in the afternoon. Since these absentee ballots had been folded for mailing, the creases in the paper slowed the counting process as they went through the optical scan tabulators. Additionally these ballots had a significantly higher proportion of write-in candidates compared to those voted at the polls, causing the tabulators to stop the counting process so election workers could pull that ballot aside for election workers to review.
Election workers released results from approximately 83,000 absentee ballots/early votes around 9:15 p.m. Once the county had received returns from all 144 precincts, processing the ballots went smoothly. The major significant delay in tabulation came from the need to update returns. Each time results were posted to the Internet, the tabulators were shut down for several minutes to retrieve the new data.
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