Updated election results show Palo Alto City Council candidate Cory Wolbach and school board contender Terry Godfrey still maintaining their respective leads against Lydia Kou and Catherine Crystal Foster.
Wolbach, who headed into last Friday morning 38 votes behind Kou, pulled ahead by the end of the day and as of early Wednesday led the race for the fifth place slot by 155 votes, 8,078 to 7,923.
In the tight race for the second position on the Palo Alto school board, Godfrey leads Foster by 199 votes, 9,638 to 9,439.
The election results have been updated daily since the election and include all of the vote-by-mail ballots that were submitted at polling places on Election Day. The registrar had been counting those over the weekend and reported late Sunday, Nov. 9, that the count had been completed.
The registrar's office also plans to count and verify this week the roughly 14,000 provisional ballots that were cast countywide. Official results are scheduled to be certified on Dec. 2.
The county also announced Friday, Nov. 7, that it requested that the Secretary of State conduct a "post-election review" of the election. The request was prompted by public speculation about the registrar's IT manager, whose last day of employment was Nov. 3, the day before the election, according to the announcement from Shannon Bushey, the county's registrar of voters.
"We have been proactively reviewing our processes and systems and are confident that everything is in order," Bushey said in a statement. "But it is not enough for us to be confident, the public needs to know whether this personnel matter has impacted the integrity of the County's election process."
The Secretary of State declined the request for an independent evaluation early this week.
The delays and the high number of votes that remain to be counted means that the suspense in Palo Alto's council and school board races will continue at least for another few days. Godfrey has consistently maintained a razor-thin lead over Foster since Election Day in the race for the second open school board seat. Wolbach and Kou have been switching positions, with Wolbach leading by about 100 votes on Election Night and Kou edging him by more than 30 votes in the days after the election.
Visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office website for more election results.