Latest Vote Count Shows No Change in Winners, But D’Amico’s Win Narrows

The latest total of votes cast in the March 5 West Hollywood City Council election shows no change in winners (the three incumbents remain re-elected).  However it does show some increases in the number of votes for some candidates.

This total includes vote by mail ballots that were counted after March 5.  Those ballots had to be postmarked by election day and received by today. It also includes provisional ballots, which are those cast by voters at the wrong polling place.  Their authenticity must be confirmed before they are counted. At least 324 provisional ballots remain to be counted as well as an undetermined number of mail in ballots. The next count will be announced Tuesday.

When it comes to number of votes, incumbent Lindsey Horvath remains in the lead, with 3,761 votes as of today, a 29% increase from the 2,917 votes counted on her behalf on Tuesday. 

In a tally of the increase in votes, challenger Sepi Shyne is way ahead, with a total of 2,150 votes counted as of today, which is 36% more than the 1,582 votes that had been  counted for Shyne on March 5.  Shyne did not concede the election on Tuesday, saying she was waiting to see the final count.  Final election results are scheduled to be certified by the L.A. County Registrar’s Office on March 22, and it is anticipated that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will declare the election concluded on April 2

Councilmember Lauren Meister remained in second place, with 3,441 votes, a 27% increase over those counted for her on Tuesday. Councilmember John D’Amico remained  in third place with 2,335 votes, a 27% increase over his Tuesday count.  Today’s count leaves D’Amico a slight 185 votes ahead of Shyne.

Duke Mason saw a 30% increase, with today’s tally at 1,255.  Marquita Thomas’s tally was up 34%, with 1,028 votes.  None of the other challengers scored more than 1,000 votes.

The latest vote results show that Measure B, which affirms the City Council’s approval of the Arts Club project on Santa Monica Boulevard at Hilldale, remains a winner with 3,369 “yes” votes, which is 60.27% of those cast on that measure.

Measure Y, which authorizes the city to levy a 7.5% sales tax on recreational cannabis, also remains a winner, with 4,329 “yes” votes compared to “1,324” “no” votes.


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Steve Martin
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Steve Martin

So it looks like about 6,000 people cast ballots which is pretty good compared to other municipal elections. That would indicate a higher interest in what is going on within our City, which is always a good thing. So perhaps all the door knocking by Unite Here Local 11 and the Arts Club people helped raise the number of voters. The fact that 3 challengers were over a thousand and one over 2,000 votes also may reflect an interest on the part of the electorate for some new blood as late voting appears to be slightly favoring the insurgents. So… Read more »

Eric Jon Schmidt
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Eric Jon Schmidt

I’m not going to file a complaint, but the City Clerks office left our websites off our statement on the sample ballot so no one could read them and learn more about us. That will not happen in 2020.

Eric Schmidt
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Eric Schmidt

Not much of a mandate for D ‘Amico. If jack and I and the others didn’t run, Shyne would have beat D’Amico

JF
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JF

Very thrilled with the results of Measure B and the fact that the Union did not get its way. Happy that the city council’s approval will stand. The project (like all others) went through the process and the public overwhelmingly supported it. All that union dues that could have went to help their members..sad and a total waste of money.