That’s slightly more than 25 percent of the total number of ballots cast.
Roughly 6,000 of the uncounted are said to be leftover early absentees, which typically trend conservative.
Another 5,500 are reportedly absentee ballots that were walked into the Elections Office on election day, and these historically lean to the left.
Most of the rest are believed to be provisional ballots, of the kind that, interestingly enough, showed up en masse at a polling station near HSU. Campaign staff will almost certainly scrutinize these one by one to make sure no one’s get-out-the-vote effort involved rolling up a bunch of ineligible students to ratchet up their numbers.
Not that anyone would do that.
So what does it all mean?
Crap if we know, but we should probably hold off putting coveted Beards of Victory on Sundberg, Newman and Gallegos. Maybe Stillman and Wheetley as well, because Meserve could conceivably gain enough ground to tip the Arcata race as well.
See the NCJ Blogthing blurb here.
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