About 1,500 mail-in ballots from other California counties landed in the hands of Contra Costa poll workers this month, potentially slowing the already snail-like pace of ballot counting in some counties.
The ballots from outside the county “didn’t come to us from the USPS,” said Dawn Kruger, spokeswoman for the county. Rather, individual voters with ballots from Alameda County, San Francisco, and even Sacramento chose to drop them off at one of Contra Costa’s 44 ballot boxes, as well as at polling stations.
“The precise motivation for this type of voting behavior may never be fully appreciated. What is certain is that California electoral law requires that each county accept one mail-in ballot, either through a mailbox or at a polling station, from any county in California,” Kruger said. “It is then up to us to frank the envelope in time and forward it to the responsible district no later than eight days after the election.”
When asked for a breakdown of the number of ballots and where they came from, the elections office couldn’t give a straight answer: “We don’t keep track of specific numbers because those aren’t our ballots, we just redirect them as soon as we get them, they go into the right one.” district and can be counted.”
Kruger added that they also don’t track all counties that those ballots belong to.
While many Contra Costa County races obviously had clear winners the morning after the election, others remain tight even after the polls office released an update two days earlier than expected.
As of November 16, 55% of the Contra Costa ballots have been counted. Last week the polls office said it had over 105,000 unprocessed ballots, but now it says all mail-in ballots have been counted. There are still 1,800 provisional and 4,000 “other” ballots to be processed.
The head-to-head on the San Ramon Valley Unified School District board of directors between Michelle Peterson and Jesse VanZee features a voting margin of less than 2%, with VanZee leading the way. Additional results will be released every Friday afternoon until the vote is confirmed on December 2nd.
To ensure your vote is counted, poll workers check the signatures on the outside of mail-in ballot envelopes. The signature on the envelope must match the signature on the file; This confirms your identity and also ensures that you did not vote at a polling station.
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— Contra Costa Elections (@cocoelections) November 15, 2022