Sunday, December 10, 2017
Politics

Hillsborough races appear decided as officials count final mail-in ballots

TAMPA — Hillsborough elections officials had about 1,800 mail-in ballots left to be counted Wednesday morning, though it appeared the remaining ballots would not affect any close races.

The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office expected to have the remaining mail-in ballots counted by the end of the day Wednesday, said the office spokeswoman Gerri Kramer. As of Tuesday night, most votes had been included in the office's unofficial results and no candidates had requested a recount.

The election results will be certified and submitted to the Florida Department of State by Sept. 2, Kramer said.

At least two Hillsborough County races appeared to have been decided by a few thousand votes. Among them was the race for School Board District 6. In that race, incumbent April Griffin took first place with 27 percent of the vote against several challengers who vied to face her in a November runoff. Dipa Shah came in second with just 655 votes more than third-place finisher Stacy Hahn.

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