Thursday, November 8, 2012

Counting the California Ballots

Counting the VBM, provisionals, and damaged ballots starts today. So, no, counting didn't move at all yesterday. We have some issues that are unique in this state.

Counting is done by the counties. We have over 37 million people and only 58 counties. There are 99 counties in Iowa. We have some counties that are sparsely populated but have some that are bigger than some states.

You can drop off your VBM ballot on election day at any polling place in the county. So, they need to get the ballot to the right place and that takes time to make sure it's done right.

It takes nearly a month to count all the ballots. Charlie Brown conceded to Tom McClintock on December 3, 2008 after the initial count was completed. He could've then asked for a recount.

On election night, November 2, 2010, Andy Vidak led by 1,800 votes. On November 23, Costa led by more than 3,000 votes.

So these results aren't final. Look at this way, you don't have to go cold turkey on elections. This'll take time.

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