(Updated, related posts at bottom of this post.)
Totals, as of close of business November 6, 2008, do not include over 2.3 million [pdf] [over 2.7 million as of 11/7/08 - ed.] challenged or provisional ballots, or absentee ballots received by mail or at the polls on election day. From the California Secretary of State:
Vote-by-mail ballots received in the mail or returned to polling places on Election Day cannot be counted until signatures on the envelopes are verified against voter registration records. Elections officials have 28 days after the election to process all valid provisional ballots cast at polling places on Election Day and all vote-by-mail ballots received by elections officials by mail or in person by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.)The Secretary of State then has seven additional days - until December 9, 2008, to certify the election results.
County-by-county updates on status of uncounted ballots available here [pdf.]
With that in mind, in the 4th Congressional District, McClintock (R) leads Brown (D) by 644 votes, with an estimated 20 to 40,000 late absentee, provisional and "missing" votes outstanding. According to the Sierra Sun:
Turnout throughout the area was reported to be higher than usual, often at record high levels.TAHOE CITY/TRUCKEE — It could be weeks until many local races are decided, after area counties reported thousands of absentee ballots still uncounted.(Emphasis added.)
While County Web sites posted all precincts as reporting late Tuesday night, officials said potentially tens of thousands of absentee ballots are still uncounted.
“There may be 10,000 to 12,000 absentee ballots that were turned into the polls, and 3,000 or 4,000 provincial ballots,” said Placer County Clerk Recorder Jim McCauley. “That has the potential to sway some local elections."
While a more accurate tally of how many ballots are uncounted is expected soon, results won’t be changed until the canvassing period ends in a matter of weeks, McCauley said.
“We don’t do the results peace-meal (sic),” he said.
Gail Smith, acting assistant clerk recorder for Nevada County, said the canvas ends Dec. 2.
Early estimates for Truckee uncounted ballots [an area in which Brown ran well - ed.] were around 1,000, and another 2,700 for the rest of the county, Smith said.
And the trend holds true statewide, with an estimated 2.6 million to 3 million ballots still untallied, reported the Associated Press.
Truckee Town Council is one race locally that hangs in the balance.
“Four years ago I got 3,700 votes, and Josh [Susman] got 3,300, and this year so far we both have about 2,200,” said current Mayor and candidate Barbara Green. “Something is not quite right.”
The missing votes could have repercussions as far reaching as the tightly-contested 4th Congressional District race between Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown, Green said.
“Clearly there’s been a major administrative error... said Alison Elder, Measure U chair.
In the 19th State Senate District, Hannah Beth Jackson leads Tony Strickland by 108 votes out of more than 300,000 votes cast. Jackson narrowly trails Strickland among voters in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties; her margin of "victory" comes from voters in Santa Barbara County.
California Statewide Propositions:
The closest measure is Prop. 11, Redistricting, which is passing by a 99,000 vote margin. On Prop. 8, Yes votes lead No votes by 5%; due to the numerous outstanding ballots, the No on 8 campaign has not conceded defeat.
"Maps", below, show vote percentages by county (though that feature seems to be out of commission this morning.)
|State Ballot Measures||100.0% ( 25423 of 25423 ) precincts|
reporting as of Nov. 6, 2008, at 7:06 a.m.
|1A||Y||Safe, Reliable High-Speed Train Bond Act||5,072,778||52.2%||4,661,366||47.8%||Map|
|2||Y||Standards for Confining Farm Animals||6,259,522||63.2%||3,656,765||36.8%||Map|
|3||Y||Children's Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program.||5,314,603||54.9%||4,383,084||45.1%||Map|
|4||N||Parent Notif. Before Terminating Minor's Pregnancy||4,761,793||48.0%||5,157,390||52.0%||Map|
|5||N||Nonviolent Drug Offense. Sentencing, Parole, Rehab||3,910,125||40.0%||5,843,962||60.0%||Map|
|6||N||Police, Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Laws.||2,927,597||30.7%||6,581,530||69.3%||Map|
|7||N||Renewable Energy Generation||3,419,193||35.1%||6,307,979||64.9%||Map|
|8||Y||Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry||5,387,939||52.5%||4,883,460||47.5%||Map|
|9||Y||Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole.||5,100,970||53.5%||4,438,988||46.5%||Map|
|10||N||Altern. Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy Bonds||3,889,794||40.2%||5,763,536||59.8%||Map|
Key California Congressional, State Senate, Assembly ResultsCalifornia Election Results - Propositions (Interim, Updated)
(Photo: USAF Lt.Col. Charlie Brown (Ret.), candidate for U.S. Congress, 4th C.D., Cal., courtesy Charlie Brown for Congress)
(Minor edits at 11:50 a.m., 11/6/08, plus addition of reference to 20- 40,000 outstanding ballots in CD4; reference to 2.3 million uncounted ballots added at 11:40 p.m., updated total to 2.7 million 11/7/08 at 6:25 p.m., added related post)