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Sacramento County Election Update: 15K Provisional Ballots Still To Be Counted

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Once the ballots are verified, they are boxed and stored here inside the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters' office.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento County elections office continues to process ballots cast during the presidential primary.

At least one race has narrowed.

Kerri Howell trails by Mike Kozlowski by just 126 votes for second place in the race for District 4 Supervisor. One of them will face Sue Frost in November.

About 15,000 provisional ballots from across the county remain to be counted.

0621 16 bm sac co election provisionalAbout a dozen people work to process 15,000 provisional ballots.  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio.

A provisional ballot is cast if a person's name is not on the list of registered voters at a polling place.

"After election day, we have staff here who goes through each and every one of those envelopes to validate that voter's eligibility to vote," says Alice Jarboe, Assistant Registrar. "And, if that validates, then we will open that envelope and count that ballot."

She says, while one group of employees processes those ballots, another works to canvas or verify the tallies submitted by the 538 polling places.

"It could take these teams of people a little bit of time to go find the write-in section, the spoiled ballot section, the provisional ballot section, get all those together and then do their tally," says Jarboe. "It will always balance at the end of the day."

About half of the polling places have been canvassed.

0621 16 bm sac co election canvassers

The elections totals submitted by each polling place must be verified before the election results can be finalized.  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The marijuana tax measure in the city of Sacramento continues to fall just short, at 65.25-percent, of the two-thirds required to pass.

The county has verified 321,725 ballots. That's about 48 percent of registered voters.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob is the Sacramento Region Reporter. He has been at the forefront of the coverage of the Sacramento Kings' saga and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento. He also covers education, business, environment, and sports stories.   Read Full Bio