Precincts split in votes for top three school board candidates

Tight race shows near-even support in some neighborhoods

As voters await the final count that will determine whether Catherine Crystal Foster or Terry Godfrey becomes the school district's second new Palo Alto school board member, election results point to just how evenly divided voter support has been in some areas of town.

Foster and Godfrey have each tentatively won the majority in three out of six precincts in the city's northeast -- the area stretching from the Crescent Park neighborhood to Triple El and St. Francis, according to data released by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters as of Wednesday at 5 p.m.

In two of those, the leads are razor-thin. Foster has 140 votes in precinct 2090 -- a portion bounded by Oregon Expressway and Embarcadero Road -- closely followed by Godfrey's 136 votes. In precinct 2078, which is in Foster's home neighborhood of Duveneck/St. Francis, Godfrey has pulled only one more vote than Foster. Godfrey won her home precinct in Evergreen Park by a comfortable margin (206 votes to Dauber's 135 and Foster's 133).

Godfrey overall retained a 71-vote lead as of Wednesday evening, but mail-in and provisional ballots that the county registrar's office is still counting this and possibly even next week could tip the results.

Newly elected school board member Ken Dauber's support was spread throughout Palo Alto, with strong vote counts in almost every neighborhood west of Alma Street: Barron Park, College Terrace, Green Acres, Charleston Meadows. He dominated in southeast Palo Alto, winning five out of seven precincts, as well as southwest (winning all four precincts), although in a few Midtown precincts, Godfrey's vote totals rivaled his.

Los Altos Hills voters, though few, also backed Dauber.

Dauber won none of the precincts in northeast Palo Alto, which included voter turnout that was among the city's largest in percentages.

Candidate Gina Dalma topped the others in a single precinct, winning 32 votes from a small sector of Stanford University.

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Posted by Wrong
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

Actually ken won several north side precincts. Go look again. He won in old Palo Alto, downtown North, Channing House and others. He was either first or second pretty much everywhere. And none of them won a "majority" just a plurality.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

With so many votes still to count, these sort of analyses are premature.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Nov 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

Wow, Foster didn't win in her own neighborhood. Hmm....

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Posted by Election geek
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Dauber's win was partly about strength across the city, which you can see looking at the map to see the precincts he won. But it's also about holding his own, even where he wasn't the top vote getter. He ran third behind Foster and Godfrey in only 3 precincts, based on my quick scan: 2078 (Duveneck/St. Francis), 2090 (Triple El), and 2096 (Garland). Couple that with winning in Downtown North and University South, and you can see how he rolled up a convincing win.

It will be interesting to see what changes with the final vote tallies, although I don't expect the basic pattern will be much different.

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Posted by long time voter
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Where might inquiring minds find the precinct totals? Please share a link if they are online! Thanks.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Long Time Voter

Go to this website. Web Link
It's the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters site. Search for the table that has the PA Unified Board results. Then click on the icon that looks like a house. It's the "Precincts Reporting" option.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Marie is a registered user.

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I'm thrilled with the results. We had 4 great candidates.

1 person likes this
Posted by In With the New
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Looks like the old guard (Mandy Lowell, Walt Hays) influence is waning. Hmmm...

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Posted by Long Time Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Long Time Palo Alto Resident is a registered user.

I voted absentee and one can track absentee ballots via this web site.

Web Link

I know my ballot and my husband's ballot have not been counted. I also know that many of my neighbors have verified their ballots have not been counted. Does anyone know whether there is a credible way to ensure ALL votes are included in the final tally? A race this close requires transparency and thorough process before making any predictions.

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