UPDATE: Count nears end in Piedmont election

The article has been updated to reflect the count at of Thursday, November 12 at 4:32 p.m.

Mail in ballots continue to be counted from the November 3 election, but the likelihood of a shift in the Election Day results are diminishing.

Over 7,700 votes have been counted. Measure TT, which would increase the real estate transfer tax in Piedmont, is still trailing and as more votes have been counted, the deficit has grown. ‘Yes’ votes now trail by 344, according to the Alameda Country Registrar of Voters report released on the evening of November 1. There are 3,692 yes votes and 4,036 no votes, a difference of almost 4.5 percent. The measure needs 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

California allows mail in votes postmarked by November 3 but that arrive up to 17 days later to count. However, the number still out is unlikely to be enough to save Measure TT.

Measure UU, which would authorize $19.5 million in general obligation bonds to rebuild the Piedmont pool, is passing with 5,320 ‘yes’ votes to 2,450. That’s over 68 percent of the votes – clear of the two-thirds needed for passage.

In the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education race, Hilary Cooper still leads Jason Kelley by 150 votes for the third spot on the Board. Cory Smegal and Veronica Anderson Thigpen are comfortably in front for the first two spots.

Cooper has 3,018 votes and Kelley has 2,868.

The Piedmont City Council races had been decided early with Jen Cavanaugh and Conna McCarthy well in front since early returns came in. McCarthy has more than 3,000 votes more than third place candidate Connie Herrick.

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