NEVADA CITY, Calif. November 7, 2012 - The election might be over, but 18, 495 ballots still remain to be counted in Nevada County, according to the Elections Office.
Vote by mail ballots dropped off at polling places or ballot box drops on election day make up the bulk of the tardy votes with 15,750 ballots.
1,899 provisional ballots were cast. Provisional ballots are ballots cast by voters who:
- Believe they are registered to vote even though their names do not appear on the official voter registration list;
- Believe the official voter registration list incorrectly lists their political party preference; or
- Vote by mail but cannot locate their vote-by-mail ballot and instead want to vote at a polling place. (Source: CA Secretary of State's website.)
846 ballots were damaged and could not be read by the scanners. They will have to be duplicated before being counted.
The vote by mail ballots will be verified for registration, matching signature and then counted during the official canvass which starts tomorrow.
As stated in today's explainer, dropping off a vote by mail ballot on election day only defeats the purpose of having the most accurate picture of voters' wishes on election night.
The official canvass period runs for 28 days.
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