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|March 31, 2020|
Provisional ballots stall election tabulating
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Thousands of local ballots cast in the March 3rd presidential primary have yet to be counted.
Riverside County election officials estimate there are 9,800 provisional and damaged ballots remaining. Some could not be counted because of issues over voter signatures.
Thousands of voters requested mail-in ballots but showed up at local polling places election day without them claiming they’d gotten lost or misplaced and wanted another ballot. Polling place voters were given provisional ballots that aren’t being counted until it was certain the voter didn’t cast two ballots.
In San Bernardino County, election officials say they are continuing to process ballots and audit the election by the April 1 deadline, examine initiative petitions, and maintain voter registration records. However, the Registrar of Voters office is closed to the general public until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Final certification of the election in both counties is expected by the end of the month.
Story Date: March 26, 2020