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Nov. 15 election update: Hansen extends lead to 160 votes

Steve Hansen extended his lead in the Sacramento City Council District 4 race with the latest vote count Thursday, now leading Joe Yee by 160 votes. On Tuesday, Hansen led by 108 votes.

Hansen now has 10,715 votes to Yee’s 10,555.

According to Brad Buyse, campaign manager for Sacramento County elections, there are still approximately 7,800 vote-by-mail ballots to be counted, and work hasn’t even begun on counting and verifying the provisional ballots, of which there are about 31,000.

That work will begin Wednesday and continue on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

"We’ve never had so many provisionals turned in at the polls," he said. "We normally get about 5,000 to 7,000. This is just a long, painstaking process that needs to be done step-by-step, and the provisionals are always counted last."

The ballot numbers are county-wide, and he said there is no way to know how many are from District 4.

It’s undetermined when the final vote tally will be finished, and the county has 28 days from the date of the election to produce a winner. Updates are expected to come every other business day from now until the final vote is tallied.

In the District 2 race, Rob Kerth currently leads Allen Warren by 155 votes – a 45-vote drop over the previous count released on Tuesday.

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