November 3, 2020 General Election

Election Information

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.

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