Final count for close races could take weeks

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SAN DIEGO — It could take weeks for San Diego election workers to tally thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots cast Tuesday, delaying the final results in many very tight local races, the county’s top election official said.

I anticipate that today, we’ll probably have 100,000 maybe 200,000 of (mail-in ballots) dropped off at the polling places, and those cannot be counted tonight obviously because we have to verify the signature on that against that person’s signature on file with our voter registration system,” Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler told FOX5 New. “So those will be counted over the next couple of weeks.”

A lot of voters go to the wrong polling place on Election Day, and they must vote a provisional ballot, Seiler said.

“Those take us quite a bit of time to process. So it could be a couple of weeks, frankly, before some of the really tight races (are decided),” Seiler said. “Now most races, we’ll have a really good idea by the end of the night tonight.”

The first election returns will be released moments after the polls close in San Diego at 8 p.m. Those results will be from early voters and mail-in ballots received before election day. But the results from ballots cast on Election Day won’t start coming in until around 10 or 10:30 p.m., Seiler said.

You can follow the vote county live on as soon as the polls close at 8 p.m .


  • bill

    dah!—–go to 100 % mail in . close the polling stations———–check out oregons results. time to wake up !!

  • Joe Neubarth

    WE could go to electronic voting from home, provided we had some foolproof form of identification like a microchip in the forehead or wrist of everybody in the country. Log in, swipe your wrist and vote weeks in advance. If you want to change your vote, you could do so automatically up to the final moment when the results become official.

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