Elections officials across California continue to work through a stack of unprocessed ballots, now totaling more than 1.9 million potential votes in last week’s local and statewide races. About 60% of the unprocessed ballots are in just a half dozen counties. By law, local officials have another three weeks to count votes, a process slowed down in part by the large number of ballots cast by mail. This is also the first year for a new state law allowing any ballot received 72 hours after election day to be counted, as long as it was postmarked in time.
The latest results haven’t changed any of the statewide races. In the closely watched Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stands at more than 11 percentage points. That’s largely the same gap that existed between Clinton and Sanders on election night.
Los Angeles County, the state’s most populous, still has 556,319 ballots to review. Many of them are provisional ballots, designed to be cast when there are questions on election day about a voter’s registration status.