California gets a bum wrap when it comes to counting ballots. Ballot counting is slower here, but that's because 1) we have a lot of people 2) we have few counties 3) vote by mail means having to verify people don't vote twice. Still, almost all the ballots were counted within 10 days. Yet here we are 27 days after election day and we're finally done. What took so long? Well, tiny Lake County had a county clerk or something who was in the hospital and said clerk decided that she didn't need to hire someone to replace her to count the last 6,000 ballots. So the ballots sat while she was in the hospital. And they were finally counted today. As expected, John A. Pérez picked up votes. As expected, the number of votes he picked up, 377, weren't enough to put him ahead of Betty Yee. She finished 484 ahead. That puts her at 21.74% to his 21.73%. People do recounts when the election is within 0.5%. This election is 50 times closer than that. We're taking 484 votes out of 4,039,353. There should and will be a recount. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see the lead change several times during a recount.