Voter turnout low for presidential primary  


Unofficial election results show District 2 candidates Daurice Kalfsbeek Smith and Dave Markss, both of Colusa, could be headed to a run-off election on Nov. 3, 2020, following Tuesday’s primary election.

“Voter turnout was pretty low, but we still have quite a few more ballots to count,” said Colusa County Clerk/Recorder Rose Gallo-Vasquez.

Hundreds of ballots – turned into the polls or mailed on Election Day – still have to be counted before results can be finalized, Gallo-Vasquez said.

Incumbent District 3 Supervisor Kent Boes, of Williams, should retain his seat for four more years, after facing a challenge by Jason McMullan, pastor of the Williams Community Church and member of the Colusa County Board of Education.

Boes received 325 votes (69 percent), and will likely keep that strong lead as remaining votes are tallied. Boes was first elected in 2016. He will be sworn it for a second term on Jan. 4, 2020.

In the race for the open seat in District 2, Smith was the top vote getter.

She earned 220 votes (34 percent) in the four-person contest, followed by Markss, with 177 votes (27.36 percent).

Rob Moriconi was trailing Markss on Election Day by only 25 votes, and could still pull out a top two finish when mail ballots are counted. Laurie Okland Waters received 98 votes (15.15percent).

District 4 Supervisor Gary Evans ran unopposed and secured his reelection.

In other contests, Williams voters could possibly reject the Williams Unified School District’s $19 million school bond. Measure C was losing on Election Day by 288 votes (53.73 percent) to 248.

Colusa County voters also rejected the Yuba College’s Measure A school bond by1,809 votes (69.15 percent), but passage is dependent on the results from all voters within the district’s boundaries, which include Yuba and Sutter counties.

Election Day numbers are based on 2,758 total votes or 30.31 percent of the 9,908 registered voters in Colusa County.

In the presidential primary, Colusa County Democrats supported Bernie Sanders with 313 votes, over Joe Biden with 205.

President Donald Trump received 1,396 votes over Joe Walsh, who received 20.

Election results will change over the next few days as the election officials continue to tally ballots.

This year, California voters – for the first time – were allowed to mail their ballots on Election Day, as long as received by the registrar within three days of the election.