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.