• Yee Leads Perez for Controller Spot

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee leads Assembly Speaker Emeritus John Perez by 861 votes in the see-saw race for the second spot on the November ballot for state controller entering today’s resumption of counting previously unprocessed ballots.

    The estimated number of ballots remaining to be processed was 6,057 as of 2:45 p.m. Wednesday — 5,263 vote-by-mail ballots, 747 provisional ballots and 47 ballots that are either damaged and could not be machine-read and need to be remade or were diverted by optical scanners for further review, the Secretary of State’s Office announced.

    Ballot counting has been completed in 56 of California’s 58 counties. All but four of the remaining unprocessed ballots are in Lake County, north of the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

    Yee had her lead reduced by four votes in Wednesday’s count of previously unprocessed ballots. She has 877,233 votes to Perez’s 876,372. Both candidates have 21.7 percent of the vote.

    Yee began Wednesday 865 votes ahead of Perez, a fellow Democrat. She was 838 votes ahead entering Tuesday’s count, 659 entering Monday’s and 318 votes entering Friday’s.

    Perez was 117 votes ahead of Yee entering last Thursday’s ballot count. Yee then concluded a daily count ahead of Perez for the first time since June 13.

    Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, leads the six-candidate field with 1,000,608 votes, 24.8 percent.

    Under the “top two” system adopted by voters in 2010, the top two finishers, regardless of party, will advance to the November general election.

    Perez, D-Los Angeles, led Yee by 1,689 votes upon the completion of the June 17 ballot count, 388 votes after June 16′s and 322 votes after the June 13 count.

    Yee held a 2,834-vote lead after the completion of the June 11 count and a 4,113-vote lead after the June 12 count.

    Yee moved into second June 11 after beginning the day in third, 1,128 votes behind Perez.

    Perez reclaimed second place June 10. He had trailed Yee by 351 votes when counting ended for the day June 9.

    When counting from all precincts was completed early June 4, Perez was 2,436 votes ahead of certified public accountant David Evans, a Republican. Evans moved into second place June 5, 1,405 votes ahead of Perez.

    Perez moved back into second June 6, 2,725 votes ahead of Evans and 3,177 ahead of Yee.

    Yee moved into second June 9 and her lead over Perez grew to 1,197 in the initial figures released June 10.

    Under state law, county election officials must complete the vote counting by July 4. The Secretary of State’s Office has until July 11 to review the materials, resolve any reporting discrepancies and compile the 58 county reports for complete election results.

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