Riverside County last in California in terms of precincts reporting

A  voter audit trail scroll  is examined with the 100 percent ballot  hand count June 17, 2010, at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office in Riverside.   (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)

A voter audit trail scroll is examined with the 100 percent ballot hand count June 17, 2010, at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office in Riverside. (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)

The 6:19 a.m. update from the California Secretary of State shows Riverside County still has only 70.8 percent of its precincts at least partially reporting.

Every other county in the state has at least one ballot counted from each of its precincts this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

• For more on how the vote count works and Riverside County’s history of slow tallies, read Kate McGinty’s overnight post on election returns.

• For the latest results, visit http://mydesert.co/CVresults12

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the author of a previous post.

Riverside County ranks No. 1 worst for votes counted so far in California

UPDATE AT 2:20 A.M.. WEDNESDAY:

Riverside County now ranks No. 1 worst in the state for percentage of votes counted.

The Registrar of Voters has counted 42.6 percent of its votes and is now behind San Bernardino County (45.2 percent) and Kings County (54.9 percent), according to the update from the California Secretary of State.

Statewide, 79.9 percent of ballots have been counted. Only 12 of the state’s 58 counties were still counting ballots as of the 2:15 a.m. update.

UPDATE AT 1:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY:

Riverside County now ranks No. 3 worst out of 58 counties in the state for percentage of votes counted.

More than five hours after polls closed, Riverside County Registrar of Voters has counted 36.5 percent of its votes. It’s reporting 332,003 ballots have been counted, 79 percent of which were vote-by-mail ballots.

Statewide, 38 counties are now done counting ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

San Bernardino and Kings counties are the only ones with a smaller percentage of votes counted.

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ORIGINAL POST:

More than three hours after polls closed, Riverside County ranks No. 44 in the state for the number of votes tallied.

The California Secretary of State tracks the 58 counties and provides the number of precincts reporting, the time of the county’s first report and the time of the most recent report.

Sixteen other counties were done counting ballots as Riverside County had fewer than one-third of its votes counted.

 

Results come in batches

Riverside County released its vote-by-mail tallies first, which tallied 262,676 votes, starting about 8:15 p.m. It then added a small batch of Riverside-based voters and ballots from early voting at malls.

The first ballots began to arrive at the Riverside office about 9:15 p.m., and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helped shuttle ballots there, the registrar posted on Facebook at 9:42 p.m.

It released a new batch of results at 10:21 p.m. — 7,864 ballots, or a 3 percent increase in the number of votes counted. That batch was from 70 precincts across the county, including Banning, Coronoa, Hemet and Temecula.

The only desert precincts added to that update came from five polling sites in Palm Springs, according to the registrar’s Facebook page. None of the Coachella Valley races saw notable change.

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil said the ballot counting could take until noon Wednesday.

“As you know, poll workers must follow steps required by law before they can begin sending ballots to the Registrar’s office in Riverside for counting. That closing procedure means the first few results included few if any polling place ballots. This is no different than in the past,” she wrote in a 12:32 a.m. email Wednesday responding to Desert Sun inquiries about the delay in vote tallies.

“The pace of ballots coming in from our large county drives the speed of the updates for results,” she continued, noting that Riverside County spans 7,200 square miles.

 

 

Riverside County has history of being last in state to report

Verjil, who was hired in February 2011, succeeded Barbara Dunmore, who was fired just days after the November 2010 election amid widespread criticism.

During Dunmore’s tenure, Riverside County was, more than once, the last in California to report its election results. Both candidates and voters had grown accustomed to waiting long hours for updates and days for final results.

The delayed results, combined with a lack of election night communication, even prompted state and federal legislators from across the country to urge supervisors to take action.

County takes another look at campaign funding disclosure

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday will take another look at the electronic disclosure requirements they imposed on campaigns last year.

The rules were introduced by Supervisor John Benoit, who wanted to ensure that any county candidate who raises more than $5,000 files their fundraising report in an electronic format.

Supporters said the idea would saved time for county employees, who no longer had to process actual paper. And it would make it easier for the general public to track who is giving money to different candidates and campaigns.

Benoit is now asking his colleagues to review some “technical amendments,” saying in a staff report that “campaign treasurers alerted us to the fact that language in the ordinance exceeded state electronic reporting requirements.”

You can read Benoit’s report here.

If county supervisors give the green light Tuesday — and there’s no reason to think anyone would object to cleaning up the books — the Registrar of Voters and county counsel will formally draft the amendments and bring them back to supervisors for another vote.

Desert Hot Springs gets new supervisor

Residents in Desert Hot Springs, north Palm Springs and a sliver of Cathedral City got a new county supervisor today.

Rather than wait for the upcoming elections, Riverside County supervisors agreed to start following the new boundaries that come with redistricting.

The idea was proposed by Supervisor John Benoit, who thought that immediately abiding by the new map would alleviate any confusion about who represents whom over the next few years.

The representation agreement doesn’t apply to legal matters such as recalls or special elections.

Today’s 4-0 vote means Benoit is the point person for all Coachella Valley cities.

Under the old map, the northwestern edge of the desert was represented by Supervisor Marion Ashley.