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It was mostly smooth sailing on the high seas of Volusia County voting during the highest midterm voter turnout in recent memory.

More than 230,000 people — 60.33 percent — voted. Three minor incidents seem to illustrate how rare problems were this election, and one precinct — 415 in Deltona — had difficulties uploading its data.

In Samsula, an angry voter shouted at poll workers and said he would come back.

He didn’t.

In DeLand, a voter was accidentally given a ballot that had already been filled out incorrectly by another voter.

Poll workers apparently accidently added the spoiled ballot to the pile of blank ballots yet to be handed out.

 And in Deltona, there was a report of a poll worker assisting a voter and helping mark his or her ballot.

Which poll workers are allowed to do, if the voter asks for help.

In Precinct 415 in Deltona, election results weren’t reported until after 10:30 p.m., leaving some candidates with close races anxiously waiting.

Volusia County Elections Supervisor Lisa Lewis told The Beacon Nov. 7 that poll workers at 415 thought they had uploaded the election results successfully.

“They went to upload, and they thought that it did. It had not,” Lewis said.

Workers pulled the media card too soon from the voting-tabulator. When they again attempted to upload the results, the machine wouldn’t allow them to do so — which is exactly what the machine is supposed to do.

“Everything on the machine side worked as it was supposed to,” Lewis said.

All of the ballots were then carried to the Elections Office on New York Avenue in DeLand to be retabulated by Herman, the high-speed voting tabulator used mostly for vote-by-mail ballots.

This is not the first problem at the Deltona precinct. In the August primary, failure of workers to remove a seal that allows them to unlock the media compartment also held up proceedings.

“I’ve already got my 2019 bucket,” Lewis Lewis said, referring to a bucket where she keeps notes for election-worker training, and changes she’d like to see for the next election.

“It’s not as big as it’s been in the past,” Lewis said. “Overall, I think it was a smooth election.”

Lewis ascribed the smooth sailing and high turnout to voter awareness.

“They seem to be more engaged. I think it’s awesome and exciting to see all these people voting,” Lewis said.

Automatic recounts

Three races are up for automatic recount because of razor-thin margins: Republican Elizabeth Fetterhoff versus Democrat Patrick Henry in state House District 26, Edgewater City Council District 1, and Pat Patterson versus Barb Girtman in County Council District 1.

In the case of a difference of less than half of a percent, a voting-tabulator machine is used to recount the ballots. When the difference is less than a quarter of a percent, a manual recount is required.

Of the three recounts, Fetterhoff vs. Henry, with 50.1 and 49.9 percent respectively, is the only one so far up for manual recount. Since they’re running for state representative, the state will execute the recount, if necessary.

Provisional ballots could change the razor-thin margins. The Canvassing Board will consider 376 provisional ballots at its meeting at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 8. Only 73 of those are from District 1.

Voters cast “provisional ballots” when there are problems with their eligibility; for example, if the voter’s signature differs greatly from what’s on record, or if a voter has recently moved and didn’t change his or her address with the Elections Office.

Depending on the status of the provisional ballots, Edgewater City Council District 1 and County Council District 1 will both be retabulated by Herman. Those recounts are tentatively scheduled for Friday afternoon, Nov. 9.

SELECTED LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS ON THE NEXT PAGE


Local election results

Editor’s note: These are final results as of election night. May not include provisional ballots or changes that occur in a recount.

Results stated as percentages of the votes cast. State- or districtwide results are in parentheses.

Visit www.volusiaelections.org for the most-up-to-date results.

VOLUSIA VOTER TURNOUT

Registered voters    382,408

Ballots cast    230,719

Blank ballots cast    32

Turnout    60.33 percent

U.S. SENATOR

Rick Scott (R)    54.86 (50.19)

Bill Nelson (D)    44.82 (49.81)

Write-in    67 votes

CONGRESS DISTRICT 6

Michael Waltz (R)    54.17 (56.33)

Nancy Soderberg (D)    45.83 (43.67)

GOVERNOR

Ron DeSantis (R)    54.52 (49.7)

Andrew Gillum (D)    43.87 (49.08)

— None of the other gubernatorial candidates reached 1 percent, either locally or statewide.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ashley Moody (R)    57.64 (52.23)

Sean Shaw (D)    40.36 (45.98)

Jeffrey Marc Siskind    2 (1.79)

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Jimmy Patronis (R)    56.42 (51.86)

Jeremy Ring (D)    43.46 (48.14)

Write-in    46 votes (0)

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Matt Caldwell (R)    54.90 (50.08)

Nicole “Nikki” Fried (D)    45.10 (49.92)

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 14

Dorothy L. Hukill (R)*    54.43 (56.35)

Melissa “Mel” Martin (D)    45.57 (43.65)

* Hukill died during the campaign. Votes for her counted for Tommy A. Wright, the substitute designated by the Republican Party.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 24

Paul Renner (R)    64.47 (61.06)

Adam Morley (D)    35.53 (38.94)

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 26

Elizabeth Fetterhoff (R)    50.06

Patrick Henry (D)    49.94

* Out of 61.038 votes cast in the race, Fetterhoff had 72 more than Henry.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 27

David Santiago (R)    55.59

Carol Lawrence (D)    44.41

JUDICIAL RETENTION

Alan Lawson, Supreme Court

Yes    71.33 (71.44)

No    28.67 (28.56)

Eric Eisnaugle, 5th District Court of Appeal

Yes    65.08 (63.3)

No    34.92 (36.7)

CIRCUIT JUDGE, 7TH CIRCUIT

Linda L. Gaustad    55.94 (58.62)

Ryan Will    44.06 (41.38)

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

Barbara Girtman    50.20

Pat Patterson    49.80

— Out of 41,070 votes cast in the race, Girtman had 162 more votes than Patterson.

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

Michael J. Arminio    38.86

Deborah A. “Deb” Denys    61.14

SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1

Al Bouie    48.02

Jamie Michele Haynes    51.98

SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5

Ruben Colón    50.78

Melody Johnson    49.22

DEBARY CITY COUNCIL SEAT 3

Howard Gates    44.95

Patricia Stevenson    55.05

DEBARY CITY COUNCIL SEAT 4

Phyllis Butlien    50.97

Eugene G. Kowalski    49.03

DELAND CITY COMMISSION SEAT 5

Markesha James    44.56

Kevin Reid    55.44

DELTONA MAYOR

Santiago Avila Jr.    47.10

Heidi K. Herzberg    52.90

DELTONA CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT  1

Loren King    59.25

Willie Thomas Stephens    40.75

DELTONA CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT  3

H. Lester Carrero    42.37

Maritza Vazquez    57.63

DELTONA CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT  4

Robert “Bob” McFall    50.56

Ruben Munoz    49.44

— Out of 5,026 votes cast in the race, McFall had 56 more than Munoz.

DELTONA CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT  5

Donald Freeman    48.96

Victor M. Ramos    51.04

PIERSON TOWN COUNCIL SEAT 1

Lambert James Anderson    48.53

James T. Peterson    51.47

— Out of 441 votes cast in the race, Peterson had 13 more than Anderson.

SOIL AND WATER

CONSERVATION DISTRICT

SEAT 1

William Bliss    58.29

Derrick Orberg    41.71

SEAT 3

Beth James    45.92

Wesley Wayne Wilson Jr.    19.27

Christine Wilt    34.81

SEAT 5

J. Mark Barfield    20.70

Andy Kelly    46.50

David Schaefer    32.80

WEST VOLUSIA HOSPITAL AUTHORITY

GROUP A, SEAT 1

John M. Hill    57.09

Voloria Manning    42.91

GROUP B, SEAT 1

Webster Barnaby    45.39

Dolores Guzman    54.61

GROUP B, SEAT 2

Michael Ray    47.45

Kathie D. Shepard    52.55

DEBARY REFERENDUM FOR BONDS

TO BUILD A COMMUNITY CENTER

Yes, For Bonds    29.60

No, Against Bonds    70.40

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

No. 1, Increased Homestead Exemption

Yes    47.61 (58.09)

No    52.39 (41.91)

No. 2, Limit on Property-Tax Assessments

Yes    65.43 (66.49)

No    34.57 (33.51)

No. 3, Voter Control of Gambling

Yes    66.95 (71.46)

No    33.05 (28.54)

No. 4, Voting Restoration Amendment

Yes    60.30 (64.49)

No    39.70 (35.51)

No. 5, Supermajority Vote Required

Yes    66.40 (65.75)

No    33.60 (34.25)

No. 6, Rights of Crime Victims; Judges

Yes    50.91 (61.62)

No    49.09 (38.38)

No. 7, Survivor Benefits

Yes    53.17 (65.76)

No    46.83 (34.24)

No. 9, Prohibits Oil, Gas Drilling, Vaping

Yes    60.68 (68.85)

No    39.32 (31.15)

No. 10, State and Local Government Structure, Operation

Yes    53.55 (63.19)

No    46.45 (36.81)

No. 11, Removal of Obsolete Provisions; Criminal Statutes

Yes    55.52 (62.12)

No    44.48 (37.88)

No. 12, Lobbying and Abuse of Office

Yes    77.03 (78.92)

No    22.97 (21.08)

No. 13, Ends Dog Racing

Yes    60.89 (69)

No    39.11 (39)

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