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Frontrunners Keep Murrieta Election Leads

Updated election results released by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters' Office showed initial Murrieta frontrunners retained their leads.

The first batch of updated election results in more than 24 hours was released just before 6 p.m. Thursday by the Riverside County Registar of Voters' Office.

Murrieta candidates who were ahead as of election night retained their leads. Measure N also kept its edge with more Yes votes than No votes.

Workers at the registrar's office continue to count 86,000 vote-by-mail ballots and 60,000 provisional, as well as duplicate 18,000 damaged ballots, according to Registrar Kari Verjil.

Damaged ballots are those that may have been torn improperly by voters; become crinkled or jammed in the county's vote scanner machines; were marked with the wrong color pen; were corrected by voters who made mistakes; were not marked in a straight line between arrows; and a host of other causes, Verjil told Patch.

The damaged ballots do not come from any one precinct, she said. Rather, they are accumulated from ballots countywide and do include ballots submitted by mail.

Teams of two are then responsible for duplicating the damaged ballots, she said.

While a number of the duplicated ballots may be included in the latest update as of Wednesday evening, Verjil said more damaged ballots are being discovered as the counting continues.

The county moved to paper ballots in 2007, according to Verjil, under the direction of the California Secretary of State, who at the time did away with electronic voting statewide.

Thursday's updated results for races affecting Murrieta were as follows:

Murrieta City Council:

Randon Lane—36.35 percent (14,603 votes)

Harry Ramos—23.16 percent (9,304 votes)

Paul Clay—18.77 percent (7,540 votes)

Joel Phillips—11.83 percent (4,753 votes)

David Mueting—5.81 percent (2,333 votes)

Dan Strick—4.09 percent (1,643 votes)

Murrieta School Board:

Paul Diffley—22.82 percent (12,744)

Barbara Muir—20.34 percent (11,357)

Ken Dickson—19.60 percent (10,945)

Greg Lee—18.95 percent (10,583)

Margi Wray—18.28 percent (10,210)

Measure N:

Yes—57.14 percent (15,682 votes)

No—42.86 percent (11,763 votes)

MSJC Trustee Area 5:

Tom Ashley—65.25 percent (22,595 votes)

Guy Romero—34.75 percent (12,034 votes)

67th State Assembly District:

Melissa Melendez—51.36 percent (52,239 votes)

Phil Paule—48.64 percent (49,474 votes)

First District County Supervisor (Affects La Cresta and De Luz)

Kevin Jeffries—50.45 percent (44,813 votes)

Bob Buster—49.55 percent (44,006 votes)

The next batch of results are due out by 6 p.m. Friday.

Michael Crawford November 09, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Does that mean red light cameras are going or staying?
Nancy November 09, 2012 at 03:37 AM
shannon November 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Susan Marsh November 09, 2012 at 04:02 AM
The vote would indicate they are on their way out. However,I believe the Murrieta City Council has yet to implement the 3 measures pasted by a majority vote in 2010. The people spoke, now a large majority need to follow up and make sure their voices are heard and heeded.
Mary November 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Ah Susan, you need to get your facts correct. The prior initiatives were implemented. Term limits on Long, Gibbs and Bennett went into force immediately. With this election, Lane and Ramos are also now affected by term limits and also by the council stipend (which the 2010 initiative gives them both double than what the prior law required – see here -- "Council members will be paid a monthly stipend that is 15 percent of the median family income in Murrieta. That calculation has not yet been determined. They will not qualify for any health or insurance benefits, as members were entitled to previously" -- http://www.nctimes.com/news/elections-cal/murrieta-lane-headed-back-to-city-council/article_5174cd66-d0c8-5402-bab9-e38488ed83cc.html ). And the city administrator pay is also in place but can’t actually be implemented until a new city manager is hired (or a new contract with an existing employee negotiated).
Rob November 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Vindication for Diana Serafin. She took fart too much heat for trying to stand up for the community. Steve Flynn - Kiss our ... RED CAMERAS as they LEAVE the city! HUGE SUPPORTER OF THIS BAN!
LBV Collins November 09, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Ummm... Rob... A little typo in your comment, maybe? ;)
The Republican November 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Randon Lane has and will do all he can to blunt the will of the people. He and the council are corruptly in the back pocket of ATS
Vic November 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Lol, LBV!!!
Russ Sawyer November 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Way to go Randon!!!! You stuck it to the "Republican". But all you had to do was google Roy Holmgren and read about his restraining orders and spousal abuse conviction. Keep blocking those Extremist initiatives.
The Republican November 09, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Streve Flynn is just a moronic bully. Anyone stupid enough to front a lawsuit and then state publicly that they have no idea who is paying for it must be a baboso.
Russ Sawyer November 09, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Did I hit a nerve Roy.......you know, you can't bully me and I'm certainly not afraid of you......LOL......Romney 2012!!!!! LOL!!! The polls are all wrong!!! Obama is on his way out!!!!
Russ Sawyer November 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Steve Flynn.....hang in there. And Diane Serafin.......nice picture!!!!!!!!!!! The first person that gets hit or yet worse killed in an intersection in Murrieta should not only sue you personally, but should come to your home and demand retribution for their loss.
The Republican November 09, 2012 at 10:28 PM
No you hit no nerve. Your lies are as stupid as mine Jeff. So you are promoting people to go to Diane's house for retribution? I will kick anyone's ass that harrasses or tries to attack Diane in any way.
The Republican November 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
So you are promoting people to go to Diane's house for retribution? I will kick anyone's ass that harrasses or tries to attack Diane in any way.
Russ Sawyer November 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Don't worry Roy......"the drones" are already spying on Diane Serafin. They are worried that she might find the President's birth certificate next.
The Republican November 09, 2012 at 11:50 PM
In your dreams Jeff. I have never been arrested for touching any woman. However I do admit I have dealt with police after acting in self defense with men five times in the last four years. Look up that public record Jeff.
The Republican November 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Steve Jeff is a moron. My daughter is drop dead gorgeous and takes AP courses. She is a super person. I have already told Jeff if I think he is a threat to my kkids I would put a bullet in his head. So he better not make me feel like his psycho ass is a threat or he is dead. I too know where he is and where he goes on weekends. I always say keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Jeff's retard comment just personifies the rest of his lies. He is just a sad pathetic scumbag. I pity him.
Russ Sawyer November 10, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Wow a threat from the printing man, Steve Newman Dyke.......why you going to come and "talk" to me Stevie. I was just being nice to Roy about his Down Syndrome daughter. I could have hit a new low if I had mentioned his gay son.
Sam Bradstreet November 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Randon Lane and Steve Flynn are laughing at you Roy. Randon won in a landslide. A LANDSLIDE!!! And Steve Flynn will win in the end. You are a born loser Roy....look at your kids.......LOL
Sam Bradstreet November 10, 2012 at 02:16 AM
My opinion is that anyone hurt or their property damaged at one of the affected intersections should sue Diana Serafin and the Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assembly. I believe they should see her face to face and ask for retribution on injuries to persons or damages to property.
Sam Bradstreet November 10, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Oh Steve....addresses and spouses names are simple to find...... http://www.manta.com/c/mtm2jh4/steven-newman-dyke
Sam Bradstreet November 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Oh Steve....addresses and spouses names are simple to find...... , be careful, there are lots of stalkers out there. http://www.manta.com/c/mtm2jh4/steven-newman-dyke


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