As promised, here’s my latest update on the vote tallying in our race for California’s 38th Senate District.
Last night, Orange County released a new batch of ballots.
But it was a very small batch – only 1662 additional votes were counted. They were from across Orange County, not just a handful of precincts. Of the 1662, 849 went for me and 813 went for my opponent. So in total, we increased our lead by 36 votes, or just 0.01%!
Here’s where the total count stands now:
Those Orange County votes mostly came in through the mail, from drop boxes, or were completed mail-in ballots taken into a Vote Center. They’ve now finished counting the Election Day ballots from Vote Centers.
Though we don’t know how many ballots are left to count in Senate District 38, there are approximately 400,000 votes left to count in Orange County and 500,000 uncounted votes in San Diego County, so we should be prepared for a long tabulation period.
We may need to continually observe the vote count in order to ensure that others who are observing aren’t interfering in some way. We support all votes being counted. If you’d like to raise your hand to participate in this important effort, please sign up here. (If you tried yesterday and the link didn’t work, it’s fixed now, so please try again.)
Orange County will release a new batch of tabulated ballots at 5pm today, and so will San Diego County. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for tonight’s updates.
After that, Orange County will update its vote counts this Friday and Saturday, then on Monday through Friday of next week.
San Diego County will post updates today, Friday and Saturday, then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week.
Don’t worry if this is too much to keep track of – I plan to keep us all in the loop as it happens!
Because there’s so much at stake in this election and we’ve all worked so hard, I try to remind myself of the old adage, “good things come to those who wait.”
With optimism and gratitude,