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New Law May Prolong Vote Counts

  

A new California law that takes effect on January 1st will allow election workers to count ballots that arrive up to three days after the election, as long as they're postmarked on or before Election Day. Right now, mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day are not counted.

Kim Alexander is with the non-partisan California Voter Foundation. She supports the new law and says it could mean election workers will have a lot more ballots to count.

"This is good news for voters who've previously been disenfranchised because their ballots have been rejected due to late arrival. But it's going to be bad news for anxious campaign observers and politicians who are awaiting election results in close contests."

California will join 11 other states and the District of Columbia that count absentee ballots received after Election Day.