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Canvass activities – Update November 11, 2018, 8 pm

We have keyed in all of the vote-by-mail that have been returned. We are still waiting for ballots from the other counties since any voter in the state of California can return their ballot to any county. 

The latest vote-by-mail returns by district can be found here

Compare that to the latest precinct-by-precinct report and you can learn how many ballots remain to be counted in each district. 

THESE NUMBERS ARE NOT FINAL. We still have a number of signature challenges to resolve. 

Any voter who did not sign their ballot envelope or if the signature does not compare will get a letter advising them how to cure that signature. The letters are also posted on our website. 

We are continuing our audit of the precincts and hope to have that done by Monday, November 12. 

We are in the process of sorting vote-by-mail ballots by precinct. Once they are sorted, we will open and inspect ballots and prepare them for the count. Any ballot that needs to be remade will be done by a two-person team. 

We plan to release vote count updates begining Tuesday, November 13 at 4pm. We will release an update each weekday at 4pm until we are done. 

At this point in our canvass, we can no longer use volunteers. We are managing the remaining work with our full-time and seasonal employees only. 

Observers are always welcome. We are open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday. Canvass activities are occurring at the Elections Office, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310 and the Operations Center, 2809 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz. We plan to work the Monday holiday, November 12 as well as next weekend, November 17 and 18. To access the office after hours, call Tricia at 831-345-3688.

Canvass activities – Update November 8, 2018, 5:45 pm

Today we finished pulling the signature privacy tabs off of all the remaining vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots to be counted. We will be processing VBM ballots daily checking signatures on the envelopes to compare them to the signature on the voter's registration card. 

We hope to have all the VBM ballots keyed in by Monday, so we can release a report showing how many VBM are left to be counted by district. 

The following precincts were randomly drawn today to be part of our 1% manual tally. The manual tally of votes from Elections Night to verify the machine count will possibly begin next Thursday. 

10190
10382
10583
20093
20260
20280
20351
20600
22040
22040
23311
31070
31630
43200
43441
43501
43610
43731
50102
50250
50284
50331
54061
54070

Canvass activities – Update November 8, 2018, 2:15pm

We have submitted our Estimated Unprocessed Ballots Report to the Secretary of State. Our ESTIMATED numbers are as follows (this is the number of ballots we still need to process and add to the count if the voter is found to be eligible to vote):

Vote-by-Mail: 45,350

Provisional Ballots: 6,390

Conditional Voter Registration (Same Day) Provisional Ballots: 2,078

Other (includes unprocessed ballots that are damaged, need to be remade, or require further review): 1,265

Total = 55,083


Canvass activities – Update November 8, 2018, 10am

We discovered Wednesday that vote-by-mail ballots in 19 precincts in the 1st district and 4 precincts in the 3rd district were not added to the tally election night. We have updated the results to add in those 3,528 votes. 

The precincts impacted are: 

10110 - 151 votes
10130 - 187 votes
10144 - 139 votes
10170 - 121 votes
10190 - 192 votes
10201 - 87 votes
10220 - 153 votes
10260 - 64 votes
10270 - 224 votes
10281 - 92 votes
10294 - 226 votes
10310 - 224 votes
10351 - 130 votes
10381 - 179 votes
10410 - 81 votes
10490 - 76 votes
11010 - 230 votes
11120 - 164 votes
12023 - 99 votes
30030 - 135 votes
31013 - 202 votes
31030 - 183 votes
31050 - 189 votes

The added votes did not change who was ahead in any of the contests. 

Unprocessed ballots - there are thousands of ballots that still need to be counted. 

  • Vote-by-mail returned to the polls: 14,178
  • Provisionals voted at the polls: 6,383
  • We had 2,078 voters do same day voter registration at our 3 centers on Election Day. 
  • We do not have a count of provisional ballots voted before election day, vote-by-mail from our drop boxes, vote-by-mail returned through the mail. We are still tallying those, but we estimate there are thousands. 

Reminder, vote-by-mail ballots may still come in the mail through Friday. Also, any voter in the state of California can return their ballot to any county in the state, so we will receive those from the other counties in the next 8 days. 

Our audit of the polls and vote count will continue in the days ahead. Observers are always welcome. We are open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday. Canvass activities are occurring at the Elections Office, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310 and the Operations Center, 2809 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz. We plan to work this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11 as well as the Monday holiday. To access the office after hours, call Tricia at 831-345-3688.

Canvass activities – Update November 7, 2018, 2am

On Election Night we counted 33,226 ballots from the polls and 22,608 vote-by-mail ballots.

We have 10s of thousands of vote-by-mail ballots left to be counted. In addition, we have thousands of same day voter registration and provisional ballots to be processed.

We hope to post revised numbers of how many ballots are left to be counted by Friday.

​We plan to do an update to the vote count totals the week of November 12. There will not be another update this week.

Results are not final. There are thousands of ballots left to process and add to the count.

We have until December 6 to certify the election results. 

Observers are always welcome. We are open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday. Canvass activities are occurring at the Elections Office, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310 and the Operations Center, 2809 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz. We may work on the weekends as well.

Our canvass schedule will be posted on this website. If you want to observe activities, please call Tricia at 831-345-3688 or Gail at 408-316-9745.