BOUSD Area 5: Lyons Up, 1,804-1,803, 27 Ballots Left


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If you live in the purple area, check ocvote.com if your ballot was counted — and if it wasn’t, find out WHY and CURE IT by Tuesday — and I suggest starting that process by noon!   I believe that they were going to send out notices to those with defective ballots, but everyone who didn’t vote in person should check to confirm that their ballot was received and counted!

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[Originally posted on November 22; updated on November 23]

If you’ve been following our “Close Contests” post, you know that there is only ONE race left uncalled — and that’s because it is literally tied at 1,803 votes apiece! incumbent Gail Lyons leads challenger Lauren Barnes, whom I endorsed by one vote: 1,804 to 1,805.  (The links are to their respective websites; Lyons had no candidate statement, but Barnes’s is here.  )  Only 27 ballots remain; some of them may include ballots that were cured by today.  Or … maybe, that have been saved for the grand finale.

If you voted in this race, you should check to see whether your vote was counted!  You do so by clicking use this “Track My Ballot” link   If your vote hasn’t been counted, you have until Tuesday, February 24 to cure it.  The office closes at 5:00 — but you should not wait until the last minute because it may involve your getting some proof of eligibility or residency from your home.  It could be something as simple as a signature match problem, which can be cured with an affidavit that it was indeed your ballot.  I would suggest contacting them by NOON on Tuesday to start the curing process.

Many people may not even remember who they voted for or if this was their district.   So let me, as a resident of Brea, talk you through the specifics of the boundaries of District 5 — rendered as lavender in the map above.

District 5 is the eastern of the two northern districts west of the 57.

  • The eastern boundary is the 57
  • The northern boundary is the homes up as high as Arrow Wood Drive (which you reach by turn right from Site to Nutwood)
  • The southern boundary goes west from the 57 and Lambert until State College, then south until the Brea Trail south of Avocado, then west until it hits Brea Boulevard just north of the fire station.
  • Only the western boundary is a little complicated
    • it includes the area east of Brea Blvd. from the tracks to Lambert
    • It then continues west on Lambert to just before Tamarack Park, taking in the area north of Lambert
    • It then considers northeast along the right of way backing up to the part, taking in the portion to the east, including Pepper Tree Drive and the Canyon Pines apartments, before hitting Central Avenue just west of the Domino’s Pizza
    • It then continues west on Central until it hits Site Drive, just before Memory Gardens, taking in the area to the north.
    • Finally, it continues north on Site Drive until it passes Nutwood Drive, taking in the area on the east, until it gets closed off before it becomes Oil Field Road — but I don’t think anyone lives up there past Arrowhood.

If you live within those boundaries, you should make sure that your ballot has been received and counted!  I plan to contact some people in North County to see where you can get help if you need it — but you’re certainly welcome to leave a comment requesting my help; you can use a pseudonym, but he sure to include a real email address where I can reach you!

The significance of one vote here is huge: I’m not even sure who pays for a recount when the race is literally tied — I think it may be the county itself — but of course adding cured ballots may break that tie.  (If I recall correctly, the final deciding factor, if they remain tied after a recount, is a coin flip.)  But my recollection is that if either candidate leads, the cost of a recount in on them.  (I’m not sure whether it is free if the margin is within a certain distance.)

Barnes will need money for a recount if she remains closely behind.  The DPOC always sounds off about wanting to “build the bench” — here you have a mid-20s female engineer and recent graduate of the district’s main high school running against someone who endorsed Young Kim against Josh Newman: I wonder if they will come through.  (Or … one or more candidates could donate some of their unused campaign money for this purpose.)

I’m not sure why Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley stopped 27 votes of finishing — perhaps to give some anonymity to anyone who did cure their ballot today, and perhaps he’s getting everything ready for a recount if it comes — but I expect that we’ll have the final numbers in this (and every other) race — pending a recount and the standard-procedure audit — tomorrow at 5:00.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)