Voter Turnout Favors Wozniak in District 8

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An analysis of voter turnout in the District 8 City Council race nine days ago showed a large disparity in voter participation from precinct to precinct, in a pattern favorable to moderate-backed candidate Gordon Wozniak.

Yesterday, a new analysis confirmed almost exactly the same pattern.

As of Monday afternoon, 57 percent of votes cast in the runoff election came from precincts Wozniak won in the general election. Thirty-three percent came from precincts won by Wozniak's opponent, Andy Katz.

"The precincts from Saturday's (count) look good," Wozniak said. "The unknown is how Anne Wagley's vote will go."

Ten percent came from precincts that split among Wozniak, Katz and third-place finisher Anne Wagley in the general election. The city makes the most recent voter participation tallies available every day.

"We're definitely keeping track of who voted, so we're not bugging people who have already voted," said Faith Stein, a Katz campaign worker.

Today is the last day ballots can be cast in the runoff. District 8 residents can vote today in person at the city clerk's office, located in City Hall on Milvia Street.

The vote count begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the city clerk's office. City officials expect the final count will be announced as late as Friday.

"We have to finish by Tuesday- Alameda County requires it," said City Clerk Sherry Kelly.


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