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It’s all over but the counting. Here’s how many ballots Fresno County has left to process

Lengthly process of counting of Fresno County ballots continues

Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk, explains what comes next in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, including the lengthy processing of ballots from the Fresno County’s 419 voting precincts, including mail-in ballots.
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Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk, explains what comes next in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, including the lengthy processing of ballots from the Fresno County’s 419 voting precincts, including mail-in ballots.

Election Day is over, but there are still 100,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots left to count in Fresno County.

Registrar Brandi Orth said Wednesday morning that the process of counting about 76,000 mail-in ballots had begun.

“We don’t anticipate we will get all of those done this week,” she said.

Once the vote-by-mail ballots are counted, her office will turn to the provisional ballots, Orth said. “That is a slower process, because we have to hand research each of the 24,000 provisionals to make sure the voter hasn’t already voted.”

Fresno County will not announce updated vote totals until Friday afternoon, Orth said.

In a press conference, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla explained why it could take weeks to know the final results of the November midterm elections.

In Madera County, several thousand ballots remain to be counted. Madera County is one of five Voter Choice Act counties where everyone is sent a mail-in ballot. About 29,000 ballots have already been counted, said Justin White, chief assistant county clerk-recorder. “We could potentially add another 8,000 to 10,000,” White said.

Tulare County was in the process of sorting ballots dropped off at precincts Tuesday and mail-in ballots. Registrar Michelle Baldwin said it was difficult to estimate the number of ballots yet to be counted. “Probably at least 75 percent of our voters here are vote-by-mail voters,” she said.

A large turnout in Kings County has election workers still counting ballots. About 1,600 provisional and conditional ballots had to be counted. “We were just blasted in the office” with voters registering to vote conditionally on Election Day, said Registrar Kristine Lee.

Kings County also has 7,980 vote by mail ballots to count, Lee said. “And that doesn’t count the ones still to come that were postmarked on election day.”

Barbara Anderson: 559-441-6310, @beehealthwriter

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