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98,000 San Diego County Ballots Still To Be Counted


Election workers still need to tally about 98,000 uncounted absentee and provisional ballots from Tuesday's election, but their potential impact on the closest election race in San Diego County was unclear, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said Wednesday.

Vu told City News Service that absentee ballots that arrived in the mail Tuesday will be counted later Wednesday. An update to the results of Tuesday's primary election could be posted sometime Wednesday night, he said.

More substantive updates to the results are expected Thursday and Friday.


According to Vu, the remaining uncounted ballots haven't been sorted by geography, so it is unknown how many came from the North County region represented by Supervisor Bill Horn, who leads Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood by 1,378 votes out of 56,562 votes cast.

Horn, who is seeking his sixth term on the Board of Supervisors, has survived several tough challenges since joining the panel in 1994.

Completing the vote count will also push up the county's meager turnout figure.

"If they put all 98,000 ballots into the count, that will be about a 27 percent turnout, so that's what we're shooting towards," Vu said.

But he said some of the provisional ballots could be disqualified.