SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Latest on outstanding ballots in California’s primary election (all times local):
California Secretary of State says nearly 2.6 million ballots still to be counted in California’s presidential primary election.
That would put turnout at 8.6 million, or 48 percent, if all the ballots are certified.
This year’s primary turnout surpasses the 31 percent of registered voters who participated in the 2012 presidential primary, but falls short of the 58 percent turnout in 2008.
Padilla’s office released the survey of unprocessed ballots at 58 county elections offices Thursday evening. It includes 616,000 outstanding ballots in the most populous county, Los Angeles.
Just over 6 million ballots have been counted so far. Counties have until early July to count and certify all ballots.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla and other election observers say there are likely at least 2 million votes still to be counted from California’s presidential primary election.
Padilla made the comments at a post-election forum Thursday. Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc. says there could be as many as 3 million still-uncounted votes.
The remaining ballots are unlikely to swing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s win in the nation’s most populous state. But down-ballot races could be affected as counting continues.
Just fewer than 6 million ballots were counted by Thursday afternoon.
Another 2 million ballots would put turnout right at the 45 percent participation rate forecast by the Field Poll.