As of Wednesday, Nov. 28, statistics from the registrar’s website showed Galgiani with a 2,406 vote lead over Berryhill — 140,492 to 138,086 — in the district that includes all of San Joaquin County and small portions of southern Sacramento County and northern Stanislaus County.
San Joaquin Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman cautioned that it’s possible for the lead to change by the time the votes must certified. The deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Erdman said many ballots, including 1,600 in San Joaquin County alone, needed to be checked to ensure they were properly cast.
“I don’t predict outcomes of races,” he said. “Mathematically, it could flip the other way.”
The race has already flipped once.
Early returns on Election Day showed Berryhill with about a 6,000-vote advantage. But Galgiani steadily narrowed the gap, finally overtaking the Republican on Nov. 21, according to Erdman.
“That’s very typical in races that are close,” he said. “They can flop back and forth — that’s why I don’t predict the outcome of races.”
Erdman hoped to have his final count finished and posted to the county website Saturday, Dec. 1, and certify the results Monday, Dec. 3.
Once the election results are certified, a recount could be demanded by a registered voter.
“There’s nothing in the election code that would trigger a recount, except for a registered voter stepping forward,” he said.
Erdman said such a request could be expensive, as the burden for funding any recount would fall on the requesting party.
A Berryhill representative, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media, said the campaign doesn’t plan to request a recount.
Galgiani was scheduled to be sworn in to her new office Monday, Dec. 3, according to her campaign manager, Thomas Lawson.
She did not return a request for comment as of 9 a.m. Thursday.
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