Last week’s 5th District school board election pitting Bennett Kayser of Silver Lake and Luis Sanchez of El Sereno was too close to call, leaving both candidates and their supporters to wait for the City Clerk to finish tallying up all the votes. But the wait might soon come to an end after the City Clerk’s office prepares to conduct a final tally of outstanding ballots on Thursday. According to preliminary results for the May 17 election, Kayser, a retired teacher backed by the teachers’ union, garnered about 300 more votes than Sanchez, who is supported by a committee organized by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. However, those results do not include about 13,700 provisional and mail-in ballots that were cast across the city on several races, according to a spokesman for City Clerk’s Election Division. The clerk’s staff has spent the past week reviewing those ballots in preparation for a final count by computer, which begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Piper Technical Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The public is invited to attend the final tally. However, a spokesman warned that the public and candidates might face another wait. The last such tally, he said, took the better part of the day to finish.