Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley had his staff counting ballots on Saturday to ensure that he meets his “before Thanksgiving” goal of completing the tally of votes from the November 6th election. the counting has resulted in another shift in the lead in the contest for the last of three seats on the Fullerton City Council.
Challenger Jan Flory has pulled ahead of incumbent Councilman Travis Kiger by 28 votes, 12,816 to 12,788.
If Flory maintains her lead, it will make Kiger one of the shortest term council members in Fullerton History. We can expect that if Flory is ahead in the counting that there will be a recount, funded by Fullerton businessman Tony Bushala. Bushala was the primary funder of Kiger’s recall victory in June and his reelection effort. Word is that Kiger’s count monitors have been challenging virtually every provisional ballot cast in favor of Flory in a desperate attempt to maintain the former Planning Commissioner’s council seat.
The Board of Supervisors is due to certify the final election tallies at it’s December 4th meeting. Kiger will have five days from the completion of the official canvas to request a recount.