November 3, 2020 General Election
There have been inquiries, as to why Lake County preliminary results display 70 out of 70 precincts at 100% reported, and I would like clarify this. Lake County has 70 voting precincts, which are composed of 50 voting precincts and 20 mail ballot precincts. Just as we must do for every election, we are required to make certain reports to the Secretary of State’s office.
Pursuant to Elections Code 15150, elections officials shall conduct a semifinal official canvass by tabulating vote by mail and precinct ballots and compile the results. The semifinal official canvass shall commence immediately upon the close of the polls and shall continue without adjournment until all precincts are accounted for.
For every election, by the end of the night, after all voting precincts have reported back to our office, our office must report to the SOS, that all voting precinct (including mail ballot precinct) ballots cast on election night have been counted and reported. Therefore our last report to the Secretary of State’s office must indicate that the 70 voting precincts have been reported at 100%.
Pursuant to Elections Code 15151, the elections officials shall transmit the semifinal official results to the Secretary of State upon closing of the polls (8pm) but no later than 10pm. Thereafter, reports must be submitted on a two-hour basis until the semifinal official canvass is completed. When reporting to the Secretary of State our final end of night report MUST match the number of reportable precincts (70) before our semifinal official canvass can be considered completed and final.
Please be aware that the November 3, 2020 Election Results ARE NOT YET FINAL. There are many checks and balances when certifying the election results. The process of certifying election results, also known as the Official Canvass, is mandated by state law to make sure the public can have confidence in the integrity of the final results. Lake County does not update results between the unofficial Election Night results and the final certified results of the Election. We do not interrupt the careful steps that we take during the Canvass to release interim unofficial results. Interim unofficial results have no bearing on the final outcome of the races and contests. Only final certified results will impact the races and contests. Staff members are working very diligently on completing all tasks required to certify the election. The Lake County Registrar of Voters office plans to certify the election results by December 1, 2020.
Track your BallotReceive personalized text messages, emails and/or automated voice messages on your Vote by Mail ballot by subscribing to Where's My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that gives you updated information on where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it.
Subscribe to Ballot Trax
In addition, Voters can check on the status of their ballot to confirm if it was received in our office through our Ballot Return Status
Signature Verification Statement
We understand that as years go by, your signature is bound to change, therefore, if the signature on your Vote by Mail return envelope doesn't match what is in our voter registration database we will notify you by mail or email and ask that you complete and return a “Signature Verification Statement” form.
Unsigned Ballot Statement
Did you forget to sign your ballot? If you returned your Vote by Mail ballot without signing the return envelope we will notify you by mail or email and ask that you complete and return an “Unsigned Ballot Statement” form.
Verification of Address Statement
Public Notices & Media Releases
- Important Notice of Deadline
- Official Canvass - Ballots Remaining to be Counted
- Central Counting Place for the Official Ballots
- Official County Drop Boxes
- Vote by Mail Mailing
- Process Vote by Mail
- Close Reg Lake Day General
- L&A Test
- Election Observer Panel
Election Observer Panel Plan
- Manual Tally
- Board of Ed, Community College, School Districts
- Runoff County Supervisor District 5
- City of Clearlake
- City of Lakeport
- Fire Districts
- Special Districts
- Water Districts
- Qualified Write-Ins
- United States Representatives, 3rd District
- United States Representatives, 5th District
- Member of the State Assembly, 4th District
- Kelseyville Unified School District
- Konocti Unified School District
- County Supervisor, District 5
- City of Clearlake
- City of Lakeport
Campaign & FinanceWhether supporting a local bond measure or running for a statewide office, laws and regulations require that candidates and committees report campaign contributions and spending to ensure transparency and accountability for elections.
For State and Local candidates, visit the Fair Political Practices Commission.