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Registrar reports low turnout for election

POSTED November 11, 2011 11:22 p.m.

On Election Day Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan reported her office had counted 35,876 ballots for the Nov. 8 Consolidated District Election.

Eighteen of the 163 Stanislaus polling sites had fewer than 15 voters cast ballots on Election Day. There were two polling sites where only two voters cast ballots continuing the trend of voters to select the option to mail their ballots instead of going to the polls.

The Elections Office opened more than 14,000 vote by mail ballots which were received on or just before Election Day and completed processing each of the ballots through the high speed ballot scanning equipment to tabulate them. Also, 50,127 ballots were counted as of 6:54 p.m. on Thursday.

Additionally, all voted ballots from a randomly selected 1 percent of the precincts are manually tallied and balanced against the computer counts to verify the accuracy of the election tally system. This process is required by law.

Approximately 700 provisional ballots and over a hundred miscellaneous ballots remain to be reviewed and processed before they are ultimately counted.  California law requires certification of the election to be on or before Nov. 21.

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