California election officials continue their efforts to review and count as many as 4 million ballots from the Nov. 8 election, a daunting process that has kept a few closely watched races in limbo for almost a week. A report from the secretary of state’s office on Tuesday put the total number of unprocessed ballots at 4.1 million, down from the previous high of more than 4.5 million reported on Monday. But a closer look at the report reveals that it’s not entirely clear how to estimate the total number of uncounted ballots. Most notably, several counties have not updated their official count since the middle of last week. That could mean hundreds of thousands of ballots have, in fact, been counted — but just not reported to state officials.
In San Diego County, election officials have reported that about 170,000 of the ballots on the state’s uncounted report have been counted. Los Angeles County also looks to have counted 200,000 ballots that aren’t noted in Tuesday’s report. Those changes would bring the statewide total of uncounted ballots closer to 4 million.
… State law now allows any ballot postmarked by election day and arriving no later than three days later to be counted. Because the third day after the election was a federal holiday — Veterans Day — state officials extended the deadline until the close of business on Monday.