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104 votes third smallest margin of victory in Santa Clarita City Council election history

Posted: April 15, 2014 6:32 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2014 6:33 p.m.

All 13 candidates running for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council this year saw their vote totals increase during Tuesday’s ballot count, but the order in which they finished did not change from that of election night.

The incumbents remained the top vote-getters, with Mayor Laurene Weste leading the pack and Councilwoman Marsha McLean taking second. Dante Acosta picked up the seat vacated by City Councilman Frank Ferry.

The 104-vote margin between Acosta and fourth-place winner Alan Ferdman would be the third-closest margin of victory in City Council history, according to information posted on the city’s election website.

A closer race took place in 2010, when Ferry held off challenger David Gauny by a scant 32 votes.

You would have to go back 20 years to find an even closer election. In 1994, Clyde Smyth defeated incumbent Jill Klajic by only 16 votes, according to city records.

A recount later lowered that margin to 15 votes, according to an archived edition of The Signal.

The city reported an overall voter turnout of 15,871 in this year’s election.

With the citywide registration at 111,661, which officials said represents the most up-to-date figure, the city saw a voter turnout of around 14.2 percent in this year’s election, according to figures released Tuesday.

That’s almost 3 percentage points lower than the turnout in the 2012 election.

The city also reported receiving 44 blank ballots and 98 ballots with more than three votes cast. Voters were allowed to vote for no more than three candidates.

There were also 53 votes tallied as write-ins. Those could be ballots on which voters wrote a name next to a bubble with no name next to it, or simply filled in the bubble without writing a name there, said city spokeswoman Gail Morgan.




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