(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Early election results held after a second round of ballot counting Tuesday night, with a slate of four progressive candidates holding the lead in all four Salem-Keizer School Board races.

The closest school board race is in zone 3, where Ashley Carson Cottingham is up by 557 votes over Linda Farrington.

A Marion County Fire District #1 levy was easily passing, with 64% of voters in favor.

As of Wednesday morning, Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess estimated about 12,000 ballots remain to be counted. That's higher than his estimates Tuesday evening because more ballots were returned Election Night just before the 8 p.m. cutoff than he expected.

"We got a really good number," Burgess said.

Election workers in Polk County finished processing all ballots returned on Election Day Tuesday night, but still expect to receive some ballots today. That's because county election workers meet Wednesday to swap ballots that were returned to drop boxes in the wrong county, and the number of ballots that come in during the swap can vary widely.

Voters whose ballots were rejected because of a missing or mismatched signature also have two weeks to correct the issue.

Marion County expects to issue an updated count by the end of the day Thursday.

These numbers were last updated Wednesday, May 19 at 9 a.m.

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