The official results are not yet in, but after counting up an additional 1200 mail in ballots, it appears the Inyo Superior Court Judge Brian Lamb has the edge. 116 provisional ballots remain to be counted, but the latest tally shows Brian Lamb with 4067 votes. Candidate Tom Hardy has 3987 votes.
After election night the two candidates were separated by 82 votes, after the 1200 mail in ballots were counted, now the difference is 80 votes. There are still 116 provisional ballots left to count.
Provisional ballots are for people who show up at the polls to vote and for a number of reasons, perhaps they asked for a mail in ballot but didnt turn it in, or say they registered to vote but arent on the rolls. Elections officials have to investigate each individual provisional ballot to see if the are valid. County Clerk Mary Roper says that she doesnt want to disenfranchise any voter entitled to vote.
Looking into each provisional ballot takes time and already some have not counted, Roper explained. It could be next week before the provisional ballots are counted. With the numerical possibility that Hardy could still win, Roper was wary of calling a winner.
If the numbers keep coming in the way they have so far, it appears that Brian Lamb will remain Inyo County Superior Court Judge.