Tuesday Must Reads: Late Ballots Mean Late Election Results; No Ranked Choice Results in Oakland and Berkeley Until Late Tonight


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1. The large number of voters who turn in their vote-by-mail ballots at polling stations on Election Day will cause delays in vote counting throughout California tonight, and could mean that we won’t know the outcome of tight races for several days, the Chron and Bay Area News Group$ report. A Field Poll indicated that up to 60 percent of state voters now vote by mail, and one-third to one-half of those residents will wait until today to turn in their ballots. The problem is that registrar of voters throughout the state do not have the ability to tally those ballots today, and so will have to count them later this week — or perhaps this weekend.

2. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters announced yesterday that it will not provide the public with ranked-choice voting tallies in Oakland, Berkeley, or San Leandro until late this evening, or perhaps early tomorrow morning, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. That means we won’t know who is ahead in the Oakland mayor’s race and other closely watched contests until several hours after the polls close tonight at 8 p.m. The registrar’s decision is a departure from 2012, when it provided ranked choice tabulations throughout the evening on Election Night.

3. Turnout is expected to be low throughout California today, and could drop to as low as 46 percent, the SacBee$ reports, citing a new Field Poll.

4. The largest amount of spending this year in any candidate race in California is occurring in the contest for state superintendent of public instruction, Reuters reports (via Rough & Tumble). The race between incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck has generated at least $30 million in campaign expenditures.

5. The Republican Party is expected to grab control of the US Senate today and increase its majority in the House of Representatives, as voter apathy among Democratic voters remains high throughout the nation, the Bay Area News Group$ reports.

6. And two tech companies are said to be interested in leasing the Sears building in Oakland’s Uptown district, the Trib $ reports.