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Friday Vote Tally Changes Little in Local Races

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By Jorge Casuso

November 11, 2022 -- The LA County Registrar counted some 79,000 ballots on Friday but the new votes did little to change the margins built Thursday in local races.

In the race for three open City Council seats, Rent Board Commissioner Caroline Torosis was still in first place more than 1,100 votes ahead of Jesse Zwick, while Zwick led Councilmember Lana Negrete by more than 2,300 votes.

Negrete added 19 votes to her margin Thursday, putting her 582 votes ahead of Natalya Zernitskaya, who remained in fourth place ahead of Armen Melkonians and Ellis Raskin.

In one of the tightest elections, Measure GS, Mayor Sue Himmelrich's transfer tax hike, added 2 votes to its Thursday margin.

It now has 10,944 yes votes (51.9 percent) to 10,142 no votes (48.1 percent). It needs a simple majority to pass.

The other local ballot measures have all but been decided except for the College bond, which slightly expanded its lead from 55.2 percent yes votes on Thursday to 55.3 percent on Friday. It needs 55 percent to pass.

In the races for four seats on the School and College boards -- where Malibu voters also cast ballots -- the runners-up were more than 3,700 votes behind.

Meanwhile, the Rent Control Board race was decided before any votes were cast, with three candidates vying for three opens seats

The County Registrar's office counted 79,018 ballots countywide on Friday and 134,099 on Thursday, almost all of them mail-in ballots.

It is not known how many of the votes tallied were in Santa Monica races.

Election officials estimate there are 811,300 ballots left to be processed, although that number could increase as ballots mailed shortly before Tuesday's deadline could still trickle in through Monday.

A total of 1,531,210 ballots have now been counted, representing 27.21 percent of the County's 4,096,586 registered voters.

The next ballot count will be on Saturday, according to the County Registrar.

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