Delaine Voloshin casts her ballot Tuesday during the Craig city election at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Although Election Day has passed, officials still must conduct a canvass of the results to certify that every vote was accurately counted.

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Delaine Voloshin casts her ballot Tuesday during the Craig city election at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Although Election Day has passed, officials still must conduct a canvass of the results to certify that every vote was accurately counted.

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Tuesday's unofficial voting results

Unofficial returns for 2009 Craig municipal election, those in bold were elected to Craig City Council:

• Gene Bilodeau: 497 votes, 21 percent

• Jennifer Riley: 497 votes, 21 percent

• Terry Carwile: 484 votes, 20.5 percent

• Byron Willems: 429 votes, 18.1 percent

• Joe Bird: 355 votes, 15 percent

• Francisco Reina: 105 votes, 4.4 percent

Craig Mayor Don Jones, who ran unopposed, earned 574 votes.

With Tuesday's election behind her, Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely prepares to take the final step in every vote: canvassing the numbers to verify the results.

By law, she is required to finish the canvass within 10 days after the election, but Seely said she plans to get everything done by the next Craig City Council meeting April 14, when the four candidates elected will be sworn in.

She and canvass judge Kevin Peck - who also works for the city as a municipal judge - will examine the pre-election test results on each counting machine used, verify the correct number of votes were counted and look through the absentee and provisional ballots.

Seely said it is likely the final tallies will change once she and Peck have a chance to review the provisional ballots, which are taken from voters whose eligibility could not be verified at the polls.

For instance, one person did not know if his or her address was inside city limits. If it turns out it is inside the city, the vote will be counted. If not, the ballot will be discarded.

There only are seven provisional ballots, meaning those will not change Tuesday's unofficial election results by themselves.

With 640 votes cast - an 11.4-percent turnout - Seely said participation was disappointing, though typical of recent city elections. Since 2001, the city has been unable to draw more than 700 ballots in each vote.

However, on the other side of the process, she was encouraged to see six people run for four council seats.

"It seems like it's harder and harder to find people who want to run," Seely said. "I was pleased we had so many who were interested enough to turn out and run for something."

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