Butte County clerk's office asks for patience on election results

Butte County says they received 11 to 12-thousand mail-in ballots on Tuesday.

Posted: Nov 3, 2020 11:19 PM
Updated: Nov 3, 2020 11:57 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs spoke with Action News on Election Night about the results for Butte County.

Butte County says they received 11 to 12-thousand mail-in ballots. "Right now, we have a lot of ballots that came in the mail today and they haven't been counted," said Grubbs, anticipating more mail-in ballots after election day.

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"We're going to have another update once we get all the vote center ballots back here."

"Then on Friday, we'll have an update that will have several thousand ballots in it, but it's just going to take longer and people are going to have to be patient this time," said Grubbs emphatically.  "Because this is not like the old system where precincts came in and we could see as the precincts came in, we could see the numbers all change. Anybody can go to any center and vote."

Grubbs reports about 90% of all the votes in Butte County will be counted come Friday.

Butte County says there were some provisional ballots with cure letters that need to be resigned and re-entered. Those who receive a cure letter must fix the issue and will have 17 days for the ballot to be returned.

"We had hundreds of ballots turned in here that were for other counties," said Grubbs. "We stamped them with the date, put them in an envelope and we're mailing them to the counties they belong to."

Other counties may have received Butte County ballots that are still on their way.

"We're going to get votes that somebody dropped in a vote center or a drop-box in some other county sent to us," said Grubbs talking about the ballots coming in from other counties. "There's a lot of loose ends to tie up and these [results] are very very unofficial."

As long as the ballot was collected before the 8 p.m. deadline, even if it's in the wrong county, the vote will be sent to the correct county and counted.

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