Vote counting concludes for the night in Placer County

Published on November 09, 2016

With vote counting in Placer County concluded for the night, Placer voters favored upgrades for local schools, but showed less support for Measure M’s proposed sales tax increase to fund transportation infrastructure and a City of Colfax measure that would allow and regulate medical cannabis dispensaries.

Bond measures are on pace for approval for the Roseville Joint Union High School District and, by a slim margin, the Western Placer Unified School District; though support for the the Placer Union High School District measure is 3 percent below the needed 55 percent for approval.

Voters in Loomis voted to support a local sales tax increase to provide funding for the continued operation of the Loomis Library. Measure M sits more than 3 percent behind the two-thirds approval needed to pass. Colfax’s medical cannabis measure is also about 3 percent below a needed two-thirds approval.

This evening’s final Placer County vote count includes more than 55,000 mail-in ballots received before the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and more than 50,000 ballots cast at Placer’s polling sites. An estimated 50,000-60,000 provisional, absentee and damaged ballots remained to be processed.

The latest vote count is posted on Placer County’s elections website.

Final, certified results - including provisional ballots needing verification and eligible mail-in ballots not yet received - will be posted within 30 days. Jurisdictions have up to 30 days to complete a post-election audit of the election called a canvass.

During the canvass, absentee and provisional ballots not counted on election night are researched to validate eligibility. The ballots cast in one randomly-selected precinct in each of the five county supervisorial districts are manually tallied and balanced against the computer counts to verify the accuracy of the election tally system. Election officials are also responsible for preparing the county’s official ballot statement, listing the exact number of voted ballots, unused ballots, spoiled ballots, roster signatures and more. The canvass concludes with the certification and issuance of official election results.