When you can expect to see election results in Sacramento County


The counting of election ballots in California will be a little different this year. “We have already started processing and tabulating all these ballots that have been returned to us so far,” said Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Courtney Bailey-Kanelos. Typically, state law prevents the counting of ballots until seven business days before Election Day, which this year would be Oct. 26. But because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, legislation was passed to allow tabulations to begin early this year. “Just not knowing what the returns were going to look like, obviously it’s a big presidential election, the law allows us to now start tabulating 29 days before Election Day for this election,” Bailey-Kanelos said.| MORE | Voter’s Guide 2020: See the issues, races impacting NorCalDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California got a mail-in ballot. Lawmakers made the change so residents can have safe options to vote. Ballots were sent out by Oct. 5. That week, elections officials had to have official ballot drop boxes set up.As of Thursday, more than 6 million ballots have been returned to elections offices since the first week of October.Ballot counting is already underway in Sacramento County. With a record number of ballots being mailed in or dropped off early, elections officials need all the extra time to get ballots counted. Of the 883,549 registered voters in Sacramento County, 283,175 mail-in ballots, or 32%, have already been returned, as of Thursday. During this time in 2016, 120,410 ballots were returned. “Results that are released at 8 p.m. election night are going to include all the vote-by-mail ballots that we’ve received so far, whether they’re dropped off, whether they’re mailed in and also those that vote in person at one of the vote centers on one of the early voting days,” Bailey-Kanelos said.| MORE | Vote centers open Saturday in these California counties The results that come in from the in-person vote centers on Election Day will be released throughout the night on Nov. 3. “We still have two-thirds of our voters that are still either deciding or waiting ’til it gets closer to Election Day,” Bailey-Kanelos said. County elections offices have until Dec. 1 to process, count, audit and certify their final results.

The counting of election ballots in California will be a little different this year.

“We have already started processing and tabulating all these ballots that have been returned to us so far,” said Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Courtney Bailey-Kanelos.

Typically, state law prevents the counting of ballots until seven business days before Election Day, which this year would be Oct. 26. But because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, legislation was passed to allow tabulations to begin early this year.

“Just not knowing what the returns were going to look like, obviously it’s a big presidential election, the law allows us to now start tabulating 29 days before Election Day for this election,” Bailey-Kanelos said.

| MORE | Voter’s Guide 2020: See the issues, races impacting NorCal

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California got a mail-in ballot. Lawmakers made the change so residents can have safe options to vote. Ballots were sent out by Oct. 5. That week, elections officials had to have official ballot drop boxes set up.

As of Thursday, more than 6 million ballots have been returned to elections offices since the first week of October.

Ballot counting is already underway in Sacramento County. With a record number of ballots being mailed in or dropped off early, elections officials need all the extra time to get ballots counted.

Of the 883,549 registered voters in Sacramento County, 283,175 mail-in ballots, or 32%, have already been returned, as of Thursday. During this time in 2016, 120,410 ballots were returned.

“Results that are released at 8 p.m. election night are going to include all the vote-by-mail ballots that we’ve received so far, whether they’re dropped off, whether they’re mailed in and also those that vote in person at one of the vote centers on one of the early voting days,” Bailey-Kanelos said.

| MORE | Vote centers open Saturday in these California counties

The results that come in from the in-person vote centers on Election Day will be released throughout the night on Nov. 3.

“We still have two-thirds of our voters that are still either deciding or waiting ’til it gets closer to Election Day,” Bailey-Kanelos said.

County elections offices have until Dec. 1 to process, count, audit and certify their final results.



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