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Voter turnout higher than expected, despite low numbers
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Preliminary Election Results

·         Results as of 10 p.m. on Tuesday with 75 percent of precincts counted. Top candidates reported along with number of votes received and percentage of vote.

Judge of the Superior Court  
SHAWN D. BESSEY  7,872   24.10       
NANCY WILLIAMSEN 7,136  21.85     
WILLIAM MUSSMAN  5,020  15.37      
Supervisor, 3rd District
BILL LYONS  2,898   51.47                    
TERRY WITHROW 2,711   48.15           
Supervisor, 4th District
DICK MONTEITH 4,952   51.72         
BALVINO IRIZARRY 2,915   30.45           
CARMEN SABATINO  1,664   17.38           
LAUREN PARRILL KLEIN 20,094   65.34        
RICK DAHLSEID 10,459   34.01         
LEE LUNDRIGAN 26,066   78.46         
TERRY HARWELL 7,031   21.16         
ADAM CHRISTIANSON 19,094   56.07       
ROB JACKSON 14,832   43.56     

Propositions                                                                            Yes Votes  %     No Votes  %

13 Property Taxes and Seismic Retrofit of Buildings            1,548,401  85.3   267,100  14.7

14 Primary Election Participation                                           1,096,433  59.4   750,612  40.6

15 California Fair Elections Act                                             768,911     43.1   1,012,071 56.9

16 Local Electricity Providers                                                948,208     51.4   896,585   48.6

17 Auto Insurance Pricing                                                      989,426     53.5   862,189   46.5


— Look in Saturday’s Journal for a complete listing of election results.

Tuesday’s Statewide Direct Primary Election wasn’t the highest profile of electoral campaigns, but Turlock voters still turned out in larger than expected numbers to cast their ballots for a number of propositions and heated local races.

“For the primary, we’ve been doing above average from years past,” said Don Ellend, poll inspector at the First Freewill Baptist Church polling place.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ellend and his crew had served 83 voters and collected about 40 mail-in ballots.

At the Chi Alpha Stanislaus Christian Fellowship polling place, similar results were observed. About 90 voters cast ballots by 6 p.m. Tuesday, with about 40 mail-in ballots collected.

“It’s not as high as you would want compared to how many voters are registered, but it’s better than expected,” said Vanessa Stell, inspector at the polling place.

Those who did vote, Stell said, came prepared. Many voters came in toting voters’ guides.

Stell said the voters at her precinct didn’t seem to just be people coming to vote because it was their civic duty; they were people who knew who they were voting for.

Polling places across the city reported a smooth, calm and relaxed Election Day, including poll workers at the Paramount Court Senior Living polling place. A short line formed there at the end of the workday — normal practice, poll workers said — but the most notable occurrence was a free meal offered to poll workers by nursing home staff.

As of 10:12 p.m., 36,919 ballots had been counted in Stanislaus County, signifying the small turnout of the 224,512 registered county voters. The vast majority of those ballots were cast in the days preceding the June 8 election, with more than 29,000 ballots cast by mail and an additional 6,000 mail-in ballots received on Election Day. Just 1,538 votes cast at polling places had been counted.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Candidate and Turlock Police Captain Rob Jackson sat awaiting the results at an election night party at his Modesto home with friends and family that supported his campaign. Win or lose, he said, the experience of running was fantastic.

“It’s been a real eye-opener,” Jackson said.

Police officers like to think of themselves as problem solvers, Jackson said, but he learned through walking precincts and knocking on doors that they don’t always understand the problems facing residents.

“And there are a lot of doors in this county, I’ll tell you that,” Jackson said.

After 18 months spent campaigning and preparing for the race, Jackson was raring to find out the results Tuesday night. Win or lose, he just hoped it wasn’t a nail-biter, that the campaign would be over and he’d have a chance to unwind with his family.

“I just feel honored to be in a position where I can run,” Jackson said. “… All you can do is try your best and hope for the best.”

As of 10:12 p.m., Jackson trailed Incumbent Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson by 13 percent and about 4,000 votes.

To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.