Auditor Charles Ross explains how he helps make sense of the election
Yakima is about to put the final tape on the 2021 general election results. How did your candidates do? Have you chosen the winners? Maybe a better question is: did you even participate in the vote and if you didn’t, why the hell not? Apparently, the 18% of ballots being prepared on election day were bolstered by about the same number of votes over the next few days, for a total turnout of around 32%. Is it quite pathetic or is it listless or is it both?
Participation is low!
Depending on the race, the totals were much lower than that. In the Yakima Federal Court-mandated minority-majority district, Danny Herrera, a self-proclaimed “Seattle-type” political progressive liberal will win a seat on Yakima city council with about 348 votes. His openly conservative opponent will end with 219 votes for a constituency total of 567 votes. This equates to a participation rate of around 14%! Once again, too bad for Justice Rice and the ACLU’s promise to improve Hispanic voter turnout.
In the 2017 general election, the winner of District Two was the now-often absent Jason White, an ultra-conservative who received 573 out of 807 votes in total. That’s more votes for Mr. White alone than for the two current candidates combined. White, a white man, ran as a Tory at the time and won 573 votes in the minority-majority district that previously voted for former short-term liberal mayor Avina Gutierrez. This time around, Edgar Hernandez, a Hispanic conservative, got just 219 votes in the Hispanic District. Where were the other 254 voters who voted for white people? Did they have any remorse from conservative prospective buyers? Guess we might never know, but on paper at least, with participation levels so low, it should have been relatively easy for Hernandez to follow in White’s footsteps and retrace his path to victory. Ah the elections, with the shoulda, coulda, woulda post-vote analysis.
What we do know is that the County Commissioner’s Race in District # 3 and the District School Board Race # 3 in Toppenish are the only two races that are likely close enough to warrant a recount. Only two votes separate the candidates for Toppenish.
Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross joined the KIT Morning News radio show this morning to explain the certification and recount process. Thank you Charles !.
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