Absentee ballots are in; Braun shows early strength in Sheriff's race

Mono County election officials began counting vote-by-mail ballots as soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 3.

Of Mono county's 5,802 registered voters, 1,208 vote-by-mail ballots (20.8 percent) had been counted as of 9:20 p.m.
 
At the same time, Mono County's registrar of voters, Lynda Roberts, began collecting ballots from the county's polling places—including Mammoth—for the one-hour drive to Bridgeport, the county seat.
 
In the absentee count, sheriff candidate Ingrid Braun, running against the sitting sheriff, Ralph Obenberger, opened a sizieable lead, receiving 730 votes—62.1 percent.
 
Hers was the biggest lead among the candidates as of 9:20 p.m.
 
Also with a lopsided lead was incumbent Supervisor Larry Johnston, with 60 percent of the votes in Supervisors District 1. Johnston had 57 votes (60 percent) to challenger Bill Sauser's 38 (40 pecent).
 
Among the close races, none was tighter than in the District 5 Supervisors race, where Stacy Corless had 130 votes (51.9 percent), over Greg Eckert, 68 votes (27 percent); and Kirk Stapp, with 54 votes (21.4 percent).
 
In that race, a winner must receive more that 50 percent of the vote, a majority, to avoid a November runoff.
 
For Mammoth Town Council, where three seats were open, John Wentworth had 383 votes (21.3 percent); Shields Richardson had 368 votes (21 percent); Colin Fernie had 322 (18 percent); Karen Sibert was in fourth place with 292 votes (16.3 percent).
 
In the Mono County Assessors race, challenger Barry Beck, with 549 votes (51.3 percent) led sitting assessor Robert Musil, who had 522 votes (48.7 percent).
 
Final results should be available around 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Roberts said.