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ounty elections officials remain hard at work counting ballots through the canvass period. To see the latest results, visit
“County elections officials are hard at work processing and counting ballots,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Ensuring the accuracy and the integrity of the vote count is critical to our democracy. State law gives county elections officials up to 30 days after Election Day to complete vote counting, auditing, and certification. In California, we work to ensure every ballot is counted properly and every ballot is accounted for,” Padilla added.
After Election Night, each county has 30 days to finish processing their ballots. Vote-by-mail ballots that were post marked by Election Day and received three days after the election will be processed as valid. Provisional ballots are carefully checked after all other ballots are processed to verify that the voter is registered and has not cast another ballot for this election. County election officials are doing their very best to provide timely results, while also ensuring that every valid ballot cast is counted.
The Secretary of State's office also implemented several new initiatives this cycle to better secure our elections and communicate with voters. We launched the Office of Election Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management, as well as a new public education initiative called VoteSure. These efforts included a paid advertising campaign to combat election misinformation, a first-ever email campaign to all registered voters with official election information, and a social media misinformation monitoring program.