About 1 in 4 Riverside County ballots yet to be counted

Voter audit trail scrolls for the 100% ballot hand count are ready for examination June 17, 2010 at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office. (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)

Voter audit trail scrolls for the 100% ballot hand count are ready for examination June 17, 2010 at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office. (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil just released estimates of how many ballots have yet to be processed:

“Approximately, 105,000 vote-by-mail, 60,000 provisional, and 18,000 damaged ballots that require duplication still must be processed. Work on those ballots begins today. The next updated results will be posted at 6pm on Thursday.”

That adds up to roughly 183,000 ballots that have yet to be counted.

Pair that with the 499,027 already tallied Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and we’re looking at a total of about 682,000 ballots cast in the county by Tuesday.

The uncounted share is about a quarter of that approximate total — 26.8 percent, but we’re dealing with rough numbers.

Compare that to the 106,000 outstanding ballots that marked about 44 percent of ballots cast outstanding after Election Night in June 2010, a contest that marked the beginning of the end for former Registrar Barbara Dunmore.

Verjil has told my colleagues in the past that trends usually hold firm as these left-to-be-processed ballots are counted.