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California’s vote-counting to-do list: 4.3 million ballots

Election worker Michael Vanderpool takes the ballot from Jordyn Daniel at a drive-by location at the Sacramento County registrar of voters office in Sacramento on Tuesday.
Election worker Michael Vanderpool takes the ballot from Jordyn Daniel at a drive-by location at the Sacramento County registrar of voters office in Sacramento on Tuesday. The Associated Press

Roughly 4.3 million late-arriving mail and provisional ballots from Tuesday’s election remain to be counted in California, according to the most recent estimates.

Los Angeles County had an estimated 1.1 million unprocessed as of Thursday evening, according to county reports compiled by the secretary of state’s office. Orange County reported the second most, with 410,000. Missing from the statewide total was San Diego County, which had not sent its estimate to the state.

There were no updated unprocessed ballot estimates Friday, the federal Veterans Day holiday. Because of the holiday, ballots mailed on or before Tuesday and received Monday will still be counted.

The ongoing ballot count is being closely watched by candidates in close races around the state.

In Sacramento County’s 7th Congressional District, 2,033 votes separated Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican, as of Friday. Sacramento County had an estimated 252,000 unprocessed ballots as of Thursday, with an unknown number of those in the 7th.

The ballots also will determine if Democrats achieve legislative supermajorities in the Assembly and state Senate. Assembly Democrats have already picked up one Republican-held seat, and hold leads in two others. Wins there would give them 55 seats, one more than the two-thirds threshold.

In Southern California’s 29th Senate District, Assemblyman Ling-Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar, leads Democrat Josh Newman, by 4,076 votes. If Chang holds on, Senate Democrats will end the election cycle where they started – one seat short of two-thirds.

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