99% of Lincoln County’s vote has been tallied and probably the most controversial issue left hanging in the lurch until the final-FINAL count is Measure 21-177 – the ban on aerial pesticide spraying. The “semi-final” tally showed a 27 vote margin of victory for those in favor of the measure – 6,928 in favor of the spray ban, 6,901 opposing it.
But here’s the disappointment for the YES group – the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office reports that there are around 100 votes that came in to their office through drop boxes and the mail THAT WERE NOT SIGNED! Those voters will be notified that they’ve got until May 30th at 5pm to come to the clerk’s office in Newport and sign their ballot. And with a 27 vote margin of (temporary) victory, that’s a lot of votes that could turn the outcome around and give the victory to the “no” voters.
Lincoln County Elections Clerk Dana Jenkins told News Lincoln County that if voting history is any indication, especially with a high profile issue, a substantial portion of those 100 voters will come in and sign their ballot envelopes. Perhaps 50-to-70 percent. And with a the preliminary YES vote enjoying only a 27 vote margin of victory, the outcome is, by no means, predictable. If the YES-on-the-spray-ban vote prevails you can bet the farm that the issue will wind up in the courts.
So we wait for the FINAL final count on May 30th at 5pm.