Millbrae, Belmont await final city council vote tallies

Voters went to the polls a week ago, but two Peninsula city council races remain too close to call — and no winners will be declared until every last ballot is counted.

In Belmont and Millbrae, races tightened up as elections officials continued to count vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.

Incumbent Belmont Councilwoman Christine Wozniak leads challenger Eric Reed by just 15 votes. In Millbrae, only seven votes separate Robert Gottschalk and Anne Oliva.

County Elections Office manager David Tom said every vote needs to be counted before the races can be decided.

“There’s no way to call and no way to know which way it will swing,” he said.

Tom said about 10,000 ballots still need to be counted. Some 2,300 are vote-by-mail and the rest provisional, which must be validated.

Elections officials were seeing more and more provisional ballots, Tom said, due to the popularity of voting by mail. He said some voters who received mail-in ballots waited until it was too late to return them and instead voted provisionally at a polling place.

An updated count is scheduled to be released at 4:30 this afternoon, according to the Elections Office website, and a final count will be revealed at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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