In the days after the Nov. 8, 2016 election, I have had many calls, e-mails and inquiries all asking the same question: “Why does it take so long to count the ballots?” It is a good question.
As California is the largest state in the Union, we disproportionately have more ballots to count. We also have a varied mix of voters choosing to vote by mail, choosing to vote at early polling sites, and choosing to vote in the traditional way, at the polling place on Election Day.
To answer all of the questions about the counting of ballots, I am including a link to a wonderful article in the Los Angeles Times that gives a fairly concise overview of how ballots are counted in the largest state in the Union and the 5th largest economy in the world. It states, for instance, that “permanent absentee voting, which became open to everyone in 2002, is now used by more than 52% of all California voters”: CLICK HERE