Hand count of June 3 ballots to begin this week

The San Mateo County Elections Office will start a mandatory manual vote tally Friday of 1 percent of the ballots from the June 3 election, according to the office.

The announcement should be welcome news to Millbrae Mayor Gina Papan, who is fighting for the Democratic nomination to the 19th Assembly District seat.

Papan trails opponent and current San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill by only a few percentage points as of Tuesday’s updated results.

California’s 19th Assembly District is located entirely within San Mateo County, between parts of San Carlos and sections of Daly City, excluding Colma and including the entire coast.

Two parcel tax measures are also hanging in the balance.

Measure N, which would allow the Pacifica School District to levy a temporary parcel tax of $96 a year for five years, sits just short of the two-thirds voter approval needed for it to pass.

Measure P, which would allow the Millbrae Elementary School District to levy an annual tax of $78 per parcel for five years, is also very close to the two-thirds approval threshold.

In order to certify the votes, the office must hand count 1 percent of the votes that were cast, according to the elections department.

The count, which by law must take place within 28 days of the election, is public and will be held at 40 Tower Road.

Results must be certified by July 1. They will then be presented to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for acceptance.

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