The first ballot counting update since the Nov. 6 election from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, issued Friday afternoon, did not appreciatively change the outcomes of any of the local Antelope Valley races, although it did increase the distance between candidates in some races.
The one race where the update appears to have made a difference is for Wilsona School District’s Measure WE, a $6.5 million bond measure that would help with safety improvements at the district office and schools. In the preliminary results on Wednesday, the measure was just short of the 66.66% approval required to pass, with 813 “yes” votes, or 66.37%, and 412 “no” votes, or 33.63%.
With Friday’s update, the measure crossed the required threshold, with 866 “yes” votes, or 67.03%, and 426 “no” votes, or 32.97%. These results are not final and may change as additional ballots are counted.
The update included 123,033 ballots processed since election night, consisting of mail-in ballots, according to election officials.
This brings the total count for the general election to 2,098,858 ballots, which is 40.36% of eligible county voters.
Election officials estimate 934,000 outstanding ballots are left to be counted, the majority of which are mail-in ballots at 537,000. Provisional ballots make up 385,000 of the total left to be counted, and damaged or withheld ballots and conditional voter registrations make up the remaining 12,000.
This estimate includes those mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 6 and received through Friday.
Los Angeles County officials will provide the next update on Tuesday.
Kern County election officials will provide the first update of election results on Monday.
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