L.A. school board races remain too close to call after latest update in vote count By Jane Onyanga-Omara
Monitor staff Published duration 11 November 2019
image copyright Google/BBC image caption Mr Evans said he was “completely unapologetic” and “100%” confident his opponent would be caught out in mistakes
The race for the LAUSD board remains too close to call after a further update in the vote count posted on Saturday night.
All the polls, including those by the California secretary of state and a third party organisation called FairVote, suggest the seat is too close to call.
A total of 477,000 votes remain to be counted out of about 950,000 cast.
It is one of seven seats up for grabs for the 2019 board election.
All nine current seats for the board run until 2020.
The district, in the City of Los Angeles, has the largest number of African-Americans on the board, at eight.
The district first came under the control of the city of Los Angeles in 1911, becoming an agency in 1942.
It was placed under an independent board in 1973, but was eventually transferred back to the mayor’s office in 1991.
The current board, elected in 2011, came into power under controversial circumstances.
The Board of Education had failed to meet for several months before the Mayor held a ballot run-off election in April to fill the remainder of a six-month vacancy.
The outgoing board members refused to step down and instead chose a new mayor as a temporary replacement.
Although the new mayor was given the power to fill the rest of the six-month vacancy, he appointed a temporary replacement.
The final decision, that four seats on the board were to be filled, was made by the LA County Board of Supervisors. That decision, on the vote of 5-1, was overturned by the City Council, which voted to rescind