New election results were released just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, painting new and old stories from results received Tuesday evening.
Ballots were expected to be delayed due to a special request from Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Bryan Thompson, Utah County clerk/auditor, Speaker Ryan had requested through the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office a count on the 3rd Congressional District race to be as complete as possible.
“The Speaker of the House is requesting as close an update of ballot counts so they can make an announcement that John Curtis is the actual winner without the canvass,” Thompson said. “The request has added a crinkle in the city information.”
However, newly updated unofficial results were released ahead of schedule.
Sherrie Hall Everett called Michelle Kaufusi on Thursday after the additional numbers were released and conceded the Provo mayoral race.
“My heart is filled with gratitude for the time, talents and countless hours of effort from our incredible volunteers and the funding and in-kind donations that have been such a blessing to my campaign,” Hall Everett said in a statement. “So many have given so much to support. I love this community and the people of this community. It’s time to come together, making Provo the best it can be. That is what this race has always been about for me. My best wishes and congratulations to Michelle Kaufusi.”
Write-in candidate Odell Miner provided his constituents with pre-printed stickers with his name printed on them so voters could just affix the stickers on the ballot.
The problem, according to Thompson, is voters affixed the stickers but in some cases, they did not fill in the oval that is to be marked on the ballot, or the reading machines could not read through the stickers.
Thompson had election workers fill in the unmarked ovals.
Mark Thomas, with the Lt. Governor’s office of elections, was taken back when he discovered election workers were filling in voter ballots’ ovals.
“I just don’t know why they are doing this,” Thomas said. “I just want to learn more about what’s going on there.”
While the numbers tightened slightly between Kaufusi and Hall Everett, Kaufusi still has a strong lead after Thursday’s ballot release. However, Hall Everett has conceded, and the difference between Kaufusi and write-in candidate Miner is stark, with Kaufusi leading by more than 2,000 votes.
Municipal Council candidates in Provo’s District 2 show George Handley leading with 716 votes to Dave Clark’s 546.
In District 5, incumbent David Harding leads with 796 votes over Tinesha Zandamela’s 503.
City Wide I shows incumbent David Sewell with a hefty lead at 8,339 votes over Wesley Marriott, 4,785.
Troy Stout kept his lead over incumbent Sheldon Wimmer, with 1,378 votes to Wimmer’s 1,285 in the Alpine mayoral race. In the City Council race, Steve Cosper maintained his Election Day lead, but Carla Merrill pulled ahead of Judi Pickell for the second council seat, with 1,427 votes.
Brad Frost is still the clear winner for mayor, ahead of Carlton Bowen by about 2,300 votes. Barbara Christiansen and Staci Carroll also still maintained their solid leads for the two council seats — with 2,742 and 2,260 respectively – roughly 1,000 votes ahead of their competitors.
With only five additional votes added to the previous count, the Cedar Hills’ 0.1 percent sales and use tax for cultural, recreational and botanical organizations still appeared to pass.
Tom Westmoreland continued his lead over Stephanie Gricius in the mayoral race with 60 percent of the vote. Donna Burnham and Melissa Clark maintained their leads for the two City Council seats, together nabbing about 58 percent of the total vote.
Elk Ridge’s incumbent Mayor Ty Ellis continued to lead after Thursday’s additional counts were released. He received 377 votes while challenger Melanie Hoover received 242 votes.
Paul Crook continued to lead in the race for an open City Council seat and received 302 votes to JT Webster’s 271.
In Genola, there were two open seats for City Council. Standford Judd continued to maintain a small lead of 6 votes over Travis Pyne.
Rod Mann, whose City Council term expires at the beginning of January, continued strong against Jessie Schoenfeld’s bid for the mayoral seat. Scott L. Smith, with 1,517 votes, and Kurt Ostler, with 1,995 votes, maintained their solid lead for the two council seats.
Change is definitely coming to Lehi, as Mark Johnson lengthened his lead for mayor over incumbent Bert Wilson by more than 400 votes, according to Thursday’s numbers.
In the City Council race, incumbents Chris Condie and Paul Hancock hung on to their seats, with 4,835 votes and 4,279 votes respectively.
Mayor Jeff Acerson ran unopposed this year so his re-election was a given. He will be joined by Jake Hoyt and Van Broderick, who both posted more than 1,000 votes each of the 2,867 votes cast. Daril Magleby will take the two-year City Council seat.
Thursday’s unofficial results showed Mapleton’s Mayor Brian Wall was still falling behind Dallas Hakes in the race for mayor. Hakes received 1,799 votes to Wall’s 1,082 votes.
Reid Carlson and Jim Lundberg continued to lead in the race for two open City Council seats. They received 1,715 votes and 1,656 votes, respectively. Therin Garrett trailed behind with 1,373 votes.
Thursday’s unofficial results continued to show residents were not in favor of Mapleton’s Proposition 9, which would uphold a June council decision. The proposition received 1,810 no votes and 1,049 yes votes.
With the second round of ballots released, it appears that trends in the Orem mayoral and council race held true.
All incumbents, including Mayor Richard Brunst and councilmembers Brent Sumner, Tom Macdonald and David Spencer, will likely return for another four years of service.
In the mayoral race Brunst has 8,610 votes over Hans Andersen’s 6,386.
In the race for the three City Council seats, Brent Sumner leads with 7,624 votes followed by Tom MacDonald with 7,547 and David Spencer with 6,816.
Other council candidates tallies include: Annette Harkness, 5,235; Murray Low, 4,577; and Melodee Andersen, 3,708.
Bill Wright widened his lead in the race for Payson’s mayor position with 2,266 votes to challenger Mike Hardy’s 947 votes.
Tuesday’s unofficial results showed a close race between the four candidates running for two City Council seats with less than 182 votes separating the top from the bottom candidates.
The latest information showed a still tight race, with Brett Christensen and Taresa Hiatt still in the lead with 1,630 and 1,526 votes, respectively. Larry Skinner and Scott Phillips followed with 1,409 and 1,323 votes, respectively.
Guy Fugal will likely be mayor of Pleasant Grove, pulling ahead of Cyd LeMone, current city councilwoman, by 1,800 votes. With about 1,000 more votes counted, incumbent Dianna Andersen and newcomer Todd Williams both maintained significant leads for the two council seats.
Momentum against Pleasant Grove’s Proposition 3 gained traction, with those against it totaling 4,096 of the 6,010 total votes.
Kurt Christensen continued to lead in the mayor race, Thursday’s unofficial election results showed. He received 1,136 votes to Soren Christensen’s 821 votes.
With two City Council seats up for election, Sterling Rees continued to lead with 1,345 votes. Howard Chuntz, a write-in candidate followed with 753 votes. Tim DeGraw, another write-in candidate, and Garrett Jones were still trailing with 644 votes and 623 votes, respectively.
Santaquin’s $6 million bond to build a cultural center continued to appear as though it would be defeated. Thursday’s unofficial results showed that 480 had voted in favor and 871 had voted against it.
Betsy Montoya and Nick Miller continued to lead in the race for two of Santaquin’s City Council seats. They received 729 and 696 votes, respectively. David Hathaway and Tina Farnsworth followed with 662 and 428 votes, respectively.
With 1,200 votes more than Craig Parry, Saratoga Springs Mayor Jim Miller held onto his seat in his bid for re-election. Michael McOmber and Stephen Willden earned the City Council spots.
The trends from Tuesday’s unofficial results for Spanish Fork’s mayoral race held steady with the release of Thursday’s new results.
Incumbent mayor Steve Leifson was still ahead of challenger Chad Argyle, a current City Council member, by nearly 1,500.
Mike Mendenhall and Keir Scoubes continued to lead in the race for a council seat edging out the other candidate, Dennis Sorensen, by receiving 4,039 and 3,542 votes respectively. Sorensen received 2,178.
The latest results showed current city Councilmember Richard Child continuing to take the lead ahead of the Craig Conover, another councilmember.
Child had 3,139 votes to Conover’s 1,932 votes.
In the race for two City Council seats, the race remained tight with about 170 votes separating three of the four candidates. Michael Snelson received 2,925 votes, Craig Jensen received 2,823 votes and Brett Nelson received 2,753.
If numbers continue to hold true through this second round of ballot releases, Vineyard will have a female mayor.
Julie Fullmer received 300 votes, incumbent Mayor Randy Farnworth received 169 and write-in candidate Sean Herring received 134.
The county will release another batch of election results on Tuesday and Nov. 17. The final and official canvass numbers will be released Nov. 27.
Approximately 10,000 ballots were collected at polling locations across the county; 3,500 of them are provisional ballots and won’t be processed until next week, according to Thompson.
“The additional 6,500 to 7,000 will be counted today as well as 12,000 received Wednesday,” Thompson said Thursday. “This means 18,000 additional ballots will be counted and released Thursday. Bottom line is we’ll have some good numbers for this release.”
Thompson said they increased the number of poll workers to 18 teams with two in each team. They also at times call for those working in various county offices to come and help.
The Voted In Utah list is newly available through the Utah County Elections Office. This is a generated list of all the names, addresses, party affiliations and voter identification numbers in the county.
Originally the lists were made on a state level for party leadership and candidates only. Now, for $35, the public can request it. Thomas said the state did this to meet transparency issues.
“We as clerks would like to limit the lists,” Thompson said. “Some protected information had to be taken off of them.”