SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) —- More than a third of California voters have returned their ballots with less than a week before the election deadline.
The latest numbers from Political Data Inc. show 36% of California ballots have been returned as of Tuesday.
“It’s going to really help process those ballots more rapidly and get us to final election results sooner than later,” said Kim Alexander of the California Voting Foundation.
Results from those ballots won’t be tallied until Nov. 3.
County elections officials across the state are processing the incoming ballots to make sure they have verified signatures and are able to be scanned.
“As many ballots as they can process before Election Day and get ready to count, they will. Once the polls close at 8 p.m. on November 3rd, those ballots that are in-house that have already been processed are the very first ballots that get counted,” Alexander explained.
For those who are planning to mail in their ballot, voting advocates suggest doing so soon.
“It’s getting a little bit late in the year to be mailing your ballot in, even though we have a postmark law in California that says ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted,” Alexander warned. “Anything you put in the mail starting this weekend, there’s really no guarantee that it will get postmarked by Election Day. So, you want to walk it into a post office and ask them to hand cancel it, if that’s how you want to submit it, or you can take it to a drop box or any voting site or your county elections office.”
Officials expect in-person voting to pick up with polling places opening up in the majority of the state this weekend.