NEVADA CITY, Calif. June 9, 2016 – The latest update from the Nevada County Elections Office estimates 17,000 ballots remain to be counted:
- Uncounted Vote-by-Mail Ballots: About 15,000
- Uncounted Provisional Ballots: 1,732
- Uncounted Ballots from Polls: 372
Vote-by-Mail ballots postmarked before 8:00 pm on June 7th will be accepted and counted if they arrive by Friday.
The official canvass period has been extended from 28 to 30 days to give election officials time to process the “procrastinator absentee ballots” (not an official term) dropped off on election day.
Contrary to rumors, provisional ballots will be counted. The Elections Office will be verifying the vote-by-mail ballots and the absentee ballots according to state law. If a voter is registered to vote, the signature matches and they haven’t voted via absentee or polling place already – their vote will count.
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Vote-by-mail registered voters who forgot to sign their ballot will be contacted via mail by the Elections Office and have a week to return their response – either via mail or by dropping off the document at the Elections Office.
Meanwhile, the 1% manual hand-count will take place during the next 30 days. This is to verify the accuracy of the electronic tally machines.
The Elections Office will release an updated count of ballots to be processed by Monday.
If historic data is any indicator, the remaining ballots are unlikely to overturn current results.