For Immediate ReleaseNovember 15, 2016
More votes to be counted as canvass of November 8 election begins
San Rafael, CA – Nearly 91,000 ballots from the November 8 Election have been tallied by the Marin County Elections Department, but about 52,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have yet to be counted.
The first results were posted online at 8:06 p.m. November 8, and the precinct count ended at about 1 a.m. November 9. Thus far, it’s a 56 percent turnout by Marin County voters, but the Elections staff has until December 6 to finish the counting and certify the election.
Vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three business days after the election will be processed and counted. As of close of business November 14, approximately 2,000 more ballots were added to the mix.
Until all ballots are counted, the Elections Department will post updates to the online results every Friday by 5 p.m. until the election count is officially completed. “We know people are anxious, so we want to process the ballots as fast as possible,” County Registrar Lynda Roberts said. “We must also do a thorough and accurate job. This is most important.”
On November 9, Roberts started the official canvass, which is the process of preparing and tallying all ballots received in an election, including vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots not included in the election night count. The canvass also includes the process of reconciling ballots and performing the manual tally of 1 percent of all the precincts.
The canvassing process is conducted weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is open to the public. For more information, call the Elections Department at 415-473-6456.
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Lynda RobertsRegistrar of VotersElections Department
Marin Civic Center Administration Building3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 121San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6401Email: Lynda RobertsElections website