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Update: Close Race in DUSD School Board Election, Roughly 14,000 Countywide Ballots Yet To Be Counted

The Solano County Registrar of Voters office expects to have the vote-by-mail ballots counted by Friday, results certified by Nov. 23.

12:16 p.m. Update: The Solano County Registrar of Voters office has a lot of counting to do.

Roughly 10,000 mail-in ballots, turned in at the county's 162 voting precincts, have yet to be processed said Lindsey McWilliams, assistant Registrar of Voters.

"I don’t know how many are valid ballots, where the signature is verified so there’s no questions," McWilliams said.

On top of that, the county must process about 1,000 provisional ballots issued by the polling locations. McWilliams said there are hundreds of damaged ballots - ballots that the voting machines can't read - that also must be processed.

McWilliams estimated that in all, 14,000 ballots must still be processed.

The vote-by-mail ballots should be processed by Friday, McWilliams said. The Solano County Registrar of Voters office has a goal of certifying the election results by Nov. 23, which it will post on its web site.

It is not known from which individual polling locations the ballots come from. Continue logging on to Dixon Patch for more updates.

10:11 a.m. Update: With most of the ballots counted in Solano County, only a handful of votes separate the candidates in school board race.

The latest numbers show local attorney Joe DiPaola in the lead with 961 votes or 33.83 percent. Guy Garcia, a local basketball coach and farmer, received 944 votes or 33.23 of the vote. The difference is 17 votes.

Incumbent John Gabby received 906 votes or 31.89 percent of the votes while write-in candidates received 30 votes for 1.06 percent of the vote.

According to the Solano County Registrar of Voters office, a little over 4,000 absentee ballots countywide have yet to be counted. These are ballots that were turned in at the polls on election day.

Gabby and Garcia are separated by a mere 38 votes, Gabby and DiPaola are separated by 55 votes.

"This is probably the closest race in Solano County," DiPaola said. "Currently there are only 55 votes that separate first from third place. I will need to await the final results from the county before declaring victory."

"There’s always hope and I'm holding out for that," Gabby said. "If I don’t win I’ve accepted that the other two candidates won and they are going to do a good job."

Gabby said if he doesn't win after all the ballots are counted, he will continue to participate in the district by attending school board meetings or watching them on TV and giving his input.

Garcia could not be reached for comment.

The registrar’s office was not able to say from which cities these ballots came from and the absentee ballots will perhaps be factored in by late afternoon.

Stay with Dixon Patch for updates as we receive them.

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