13,000 votes left to count in Marin for election

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It’s been 11 days since election day and the Marin County Elections Department has 13,000 votes left to count before the local tally is completed. 

Registrar of Voters Lynda Roberts says that the voter turnout in Marin has averaged 84.25 percent in the past eight presidential elections, but hasn’t been this high for midterms. 

“The response to this midterm election has been record-breaking for Marin. We expect this level of participation in a presidential election, but the turnout has been substantially higher than expected when compared to past midterm elections.” 

Roberts said 97,000 vote-by-mail ballots were returned which is the second highest to the 2016 presidential election.

For the 2016 election, 100,442 vote-by-mail ballots were returned. 

There have been a number of questions as to why it is taking so long to tally the vote-by-mail ballots.

“Each ballot requires individual handling that includes verifying signatures, at least twice as required by law, removing ballots from envelopes, and checking each ballot for damage.”

Roberts says that the staff has doubled and continued to work through weekends, including Veteran’s Day, in order to ensure everything is counted quickly and accurately.

According to the law, elections teams have until Dec. 6 to get final results in and won’t be formally ratified until Dec. 11.

The department says they will post updated results on Wednesdays and Fridays by 5 p.m. until the count is finished.

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