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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004 9:47 am | Updated: 5:26 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The outcome of two Mesa City Council races and several bond questions probably won’t be known until Friday after noon, city officials said Wednesday.

More than 3,500 ballots from Tuesday’s election haven’t been counted, accord ing to Mesa City Clerk Bar bara Jones.

Uncounted ballots include 2,050 early ballots dropped at polling stations Tuesday, 1,000 early ballots taken in at the city clerk’s office Monday and Tuesday, and 475 provisional ballots, Jones said.

Voters use provisional bal lots when questions arise about their eligibility.

The ballots are verified by the county.

Unofficial vote counts show narrow margins on several issues:

• Central Mesa’s Council District 2, where Councilman Mike Whalen is leading Bob Hisserich by 89 votes.

• Northwest Mesa’s District 1, where Councilwoman Clau dia Walters is ahead of Charlie Powell by 179 votes.

• Question 5, $6.8 million in flood control bonds, passing by 470 votes.

• Question 8, $9.7 million for parks, passing by 515 votes. Meanwhile, Mesa officials are puzzled why more than 10,000 early ballots requested by voters weren’t returned by the 7 p.m. Tuesday deadline. The amount is double the number of unreturned early ballots in the 2002 city primary. "That’s really unusual," Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said. Jones couldn’t offer an explanation.

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