Election day is over, but there's still a lot of work to be done before numbers can be finalized.
Ballots were still pouring into the Shasta County registrar's office Wednesday from polling places, drop boxes and the mail.
And they're expecting even more ballots postmarked on election day to arrive in the mail before the end of the week.
Employees sorted ballots into precincts, checking signatures before they could even be entered into the system.
All in all, they estimate about 30,000 ballots still need to be counted, which is enough to possibly affect the outcome of several local races.
“Locally we do have some close contests in a couple of school districts in particular,” Shasta County registrar of voters Cathy Darling Allen said. “And so we're going to be paying closer attention to those and trying to get some additional ballots from precincts in those areas into the count on Friday.”
Darling Allen says larger races like Congress and statewide races most likely won't be affected by local totals.
But she says every county still has ballots left to count.
And there's quite a lot ballot counting left to happen before races can be called.
New this year for Shasta County, there are hundreds of provisional ballots that still need to be verified cast by people who waited until the last minute to register and vote.
"So we are definitely seeing an increase in that," Darling Allen said. "And we're going to have to plan and strategize going forward a little bit differently so that we don't have quite so many lines. We had a line out the door yesterday from about 11AM to about 7:30. So we'd like to be able to process those folks a little quicker and not have voters wait at all."
The registrar’s office needs to verify that those 1,200 or so voters who cast provisional ballots are even eligible to vote before they can be counted, which can take several weeks.
Darling Allen says she knows people are anxious to see results.
And they'll be publishing updates every Friday until they've counted and verified every and every ballot.
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