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YOLO SUN NEWS REPORT :

Almost half of Yolo County’s roughly 50,000 mailed votes were received after the Friday before Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016) — delaying timely inclusion within reported results, according to County officials.

“Yolo County simply does not have the resources to process [mailed] ballots on Election Day,” indicates Sou Xiong, Program Manager for the County Registrar of Voters.

“It is also important to keep in mind that each county has their own processes when it comes to counting [mailed ballots],” notes Xiong.  “Some counties have the resources to continue processing [mailed ballots] throughout Election Day, which could explain why they experience only a small increase in their turnout when comparing unofficial Election Night results to final results.”

Nearly 60% of Yolo County voters mail their ballots.

Unless received by the Friday prior to an Election Day, these ballots are not counted until the post-election “canvass,” conducted during subsequent weeks, leading to a final (official) report.

23,461 of 84,685 votes cast in Yolo County for the 2016 General Election were not counted and reported until such post-election “canvassing” was able to verify and tabulate them.

Yolo County has elected (so to speak, perhaps wisely) to not expend resources required to achieve a more timely election report / result.

Presently, though, there is no way for the local public to become informed about the basic proportion of votes — remaining to be counted — after initial (unofficial) reports of Election Day.

As Xiong observes, “some counties have resources to continue processing [mailed ballots] through Election Day,” such as San Bernardino County.

However, San Bernardino County also informs the public about the proportion of votes which appear yet uncounted, according to its official website:

“The estimated number of ballots remaining to be counted is provided to the public at the final posting of the unofficial Election Night results.”

Yolo Sun has duly requested the Yolo County Registrar of Voters to now begin following this same practice.

“The Yolo County Elections Office is open to ideas to improve our processes; your suggestion has been noted and will be considered as we move forward,” responds Xiong.

Thus, it appears that the local public will likely now have an improved and timely understanding of the dynamics of future elections.

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