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Myers writes: "More than 2.5 million ballots were left uncounted on election day across California, a process that could take several days or longer and leave close races in limbo."

L.A. officials sort uncounted ballots from the Los Angeles primary election. (photo: Genaro Molina/LA Times)
L.A. officials sort uncounted ballots from the Los Angeles primary election. (photo: Genaro Molina/LA Times)

Half of All California Ballots Remain Uncounted

By John Myers, Los Angeles Times

11 June 16


ore than 2.5 million ballots were left uncounted on election day across California, a process that could take several days or longer and leave close races in limbo.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted a report late Thursday on unprocessed ballots. Most of that total -- about 1.8 million -- were mailed to voters but returned only on Tuesday.

Six million ballots have already been counted from the statewide primary. The uncounted tally would push total voter turnout to about 8.5 million, or around 47% of all registered voters.

Los Angeles County had more unprocessed ballots than anywhere, about 616,000. San Diego County reported 285,000 uncounted ballots.

A portion of the unprocessed total are provisional ballots -- designated for voters whose registration status can't be immediately verified on election day. If a provisional ballot is later found to have been cast mistakenly, it may not be counted. your social media marketing partner


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+56 # Radscal 2016-06-11 16:07
In addition to the ca. 3 million Absentee Ballots still uncounted, there are also 1.6 million Provisional Ballots, most of which will never be counted if CA follows the same pattern as earlier states.

And yes, NPP voters were given Provisional Ballots across the State, just as we warned was the plan. Unless a NPP voter used the codeword "Crossover Ballot," they were denied a Democratic Party Ballot.

The avatars who appeared here on RSN only to disinform readers about NPP voters in CA, and have since disappeared, were clearly "Correct the Record" Trolls, partaking in Election Fraud.

On the bright side, the lawyers who tipped off the FBI to Karl Rove's plan to flip Ohio's votes in 2012, have filed a lawsuit challenging ALL the Democratic Primaries so as to make public all of the unadjusted exit polls, audits required by states ostensibly to insure that computer voting machine tallies match the actual votes cast, voter roll purges, etc.
+36 # Dust 2016-06-11 17:15
Most excellent - let's hope.

I am almost always against the death penalty, but I think I might make an exception for engineering election fraud.
+9 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:14
We are actively organizing people to monitor the vote count in CA and those provisional ballot s WILL be counted. The primary isn't over. The election isn't over. The president and EW pushed Josh Earnest out of the headlines by rushing to endorse "The Felonious HRC, so as to drown out the FACT of the FBI criminal investigation being confirmed. Even the president whose own video said I spoke to senator Sanders "This week" had spoken to him only an hour and a half before.

Are we a national of laws or of Clintons?
I put my country and constitute before any corrupt party. But hey that's just me. Feel free to take the blue pill. At least you know you will get a raging hardon for a few hours.
+55 # RMDC 2016-06-11 18:07
I think there needs to be an emergency appeal to the US supreme court as happened in the case of Florida in 2000. The supreme court should be asked to order the California election commission to count all ballots and verify the counts before anyone is declared a winner and before any delegates are pledged.

This is probably the law - though these days I'm not sure there is any legal protection for voters.
+11 # ericlipps 2016-06-12 05:52
Quoting RMDC:
I think there needs to be an emergency appeal to the US supreme court as happened in the case of Florida in 2000. The supreme court should be asked to order the California election commission to count all ballots and verify the counts before anyone is declared a winner and before any delegates are pledged.

This is probably the law - though these days I'm not sure there is any legal protection for voters.

The "emergency appeal to the Supreme Court" in 2000 was filed by the Bush campaign to KEEP ballots from being counted, not to make sure they were.
+13 # RMDC 2016-06-12 08:13
eric -- yes, i know. The fact that the supreme court took the motion means that they might be forced to take this one that asks for a motion to count the ballots.

I also know that the final opinion in Bush v. Gore said that it could not be cited as a precedent in any subsequent case. That might come into play. But why not force the Supreme Court's hand. Make them stand up for democracy or be a part of its subversion, as they were in 2000.

I just want the problem to be taken to the highest court and to get them maximum exposure. The Clinton team has rigged voting in what appears to be more extreme ways than ever before. This needs to go to the highest court -- before the conventions in July.
+11 # Radscal 2016-06-12 13:27
And a reminder that the Supreme Court was only able to intervene because Gore had called for a partial recount (only a handful of historically Democratic strongholds).

Had he instead requested that FL follow its own State Constitution, and held a FULL recount, the Supreme Court would almost assuredly been unable to intervene.

2000 was a coup and Gore and the Democratic Senators who refused to contest it were complicit.
+28 # pernsey 2016-06-11 20:30
Is anyone really surprised? Im not...
+19 # Jayceecool 2016-06-12 00:08
I like the idea of petitioning the SCOTUS, but would also like to see action taken against the Democratic Party foot soldiers that enabled the electoral fraud. That could start with the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla...
-23 # ericlipps 2016-06-12 05:57
We don't knw that there was any actual fraud. Counting millions of ballots can take time.

I;' sure you won't think there's anything wrong if when the ballots are counted Bernie Sanders ends up the winner after all. If (as is more likely) Hillary Clinton remains the winner, however, you'll g to your grave believing the primary was "stolen." After all, God clearly wanted Bernie to win.
+15 # DrD 2016-06-12 08:28
So Eric you can explain this?
I know first-hand of a couple in Davis CA who mailed their ballots at the same time. He was registered as a Democrat, she was registered NPP. She requested and received the crossover ballot. There is an on-line tool to check if your ballot has been received. As of Friday hers was not 'received' yet but his was. NPP voters were by and large not Hillary supporters.

Sure, the post office can lose mail. Funny coincidence though don't you think?
+6 # LionMousePudding 2016-06-12 12:22
How come this didn't used to happen?

Isn't it fraud to give fake election results?

Believe me, the Dems did not want these counted. Damn-+ someone noticed.

Does not mean they will count them.
+12 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:28
We will make sure all ballots are counted. My admittedly democratic ballot as well as my wife's were received on Election Day and are still not counted. I will be a volunteer this week to personally monitor ballot counting. This ain't over folks.
+5 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:26
As for God, as not his official spokes model I think it's interesting, since you brought it up, that it's been a couple thousand years since a nice Jewish man took on the monied interests don't you? What you don't see the comparison? Come on. Bernie is a revolutionary. JC was the first nonviolent revolutionary. The nonviolent revolution begins between your ears. Feel it starting?
+8 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:22
Slow your roll there pardner. We flipped 3 counties for Bernie already. We are actively organizing volunteers to monitor the vote counting. Before you folks go all hog wild let us golden staters get our votes counted. My ballot has been received but as of today sudsy has not been counted. The primary isn't over and the rush to endorse was to push the confirmation of "The Felonious HRC"s FBI criminal investigation off the news cycle. Come on RSN readers read between the lines. Look at the bigger picture you folks are so very good at that at times. It ain't over until all the votes are counted and the FBI has a vote.
+10 # Patriot 2016-06-12 06:35
There IS fraud when election officials do not do everything possible to assure that ever person who goes to a polling station gets to vote!

A few ago, Kentucky had the longest ballot I'd ever seen--a once-a-century occurrence when all the timetables lined up just right--and we ALSO had new voting machines.

Our Election Commission gave each election offical a DVD of the ballot and how to work the machines. We had practice sessions using the machines. We went over and over the laws regarding exactly what assistance may be given a voter (so we wouldn't unintentionally "encourage" any voter to vote for a specific candidate).

Every voter was sent notice of his correct polling place, a copy of the ballot, and a letter about how the machines work. The polling places were plastered, inside and out, with all kinds of notices about the bllot and the machines. Lines of voters were enormous, but people kindly let voters in a genuine rush go to the front of the line, and brought forward voters who had difficulty standing.

We worked our tails off, making sure every voter was at the right place before they ever got into the bulding, helping voters figure out how to work the machines, explaining over and over why the ballot was so long and encouraging everyone to take their time and vote the entire ballot. We had a terrific turnout, and EVERYONE got to vote, even some we had to give a provisional ballot because we couldn't figure out what to do.

+8 # Patriot 2016-06-12 06:38
We must have made hundreds of calls to the election commission, and those folks heroically ansered every call, and dispatched helpers whenever we got really stuck.

THAT'S how an election should be handled.

What happened in California was deliberate, premediated obstruction of voting, and is a CRIME for which hundreds of people should be PROSECUTED. Even if illegally advised to misinform voters, election officials make an OATH to see to it that everyone who is qualified gets to vote, or to provide them a provisional ballot if nothing else is possible.

There is no excuse for running an election any other way!

I am proud to advertise that the election commissioners of Fayette County, Kentucky, have trained officials in hundreds of other counties. Our returns are posted on the doors of our polling places and are on the air, on radio and TV, before the poll workers even leave the building!

The only way to "throw" an election in this county is by programing the voting machines to miscount votes as they are entered. In our primaries, I don't think that happens, because we have closed primaries, and the number of registered Dems and Repubs who appeared usually just about matches the number of votes cast for Repubs and Dems.
+4 # Douglas Jack 2016-06-12 11:29
Patriot, RE: "no excuse for running an election any other way!" There's a bare minimum for any Political Democracy to have verifiable voting counts. Unverifiable voting doesn't meet any 'democratic' (Greek 'power-of-the-p eople') definition. US isn't a democratic nation. Verifiable absolutely requires a paper trail, to be consulted if any party feels there are questionable results. Each elector voting on computerized machines is given a paper version which is deposited into standard locked ballot boxes & a receipt with corresponding event anonymous identification number, used by voters & election oversight agencies to verify results.

Media in cooperation with representatives of all parties is hired/required to make Exit Polls so that computer vote totals may be verified against this indicator.
POLITICAL DEMOCRACY requires media for candidates to express their program & message for society. If the people don't own media, then candidate communication is impeded.

FINANCING DEMOCRACY If people don't invest-in & own their economic system, then they won't own their media nor the electoral process.

1st Nation Economic Democracy here on Turtle-Island was 'fractal' ('part-contains -the-whole') starting with the domestic economy of Multihome-Dwell ing-Complexes. 70% of people in USA & world live in multihomes today. Every person was an investor/owner in their specialized Production-Soci ety.
+7 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:34
The question to ask about the CA primary the big huge Yuge question is why were the exit polls cancelled? Josh Fox of "Gasland" fame posed that question to me on election night.
+6 # Radscal 2016-06-12 15:57
Yep. The US State Department has long considered exit polls the "gold standard" for determining whether foreign elections were valid.

Once enough of us became aware of the huge discrepancies in Democratic Primary results (NOT Republican ones) and the manipulation of "adjusted" exit polls, the decision is made to simply cancel exit polls for the remaining primaries.
+4 # grandlakeguy 2016-06-13 13:46
Yes, the Hillary folks HAD to cancel the exit polls to hide the extent of their planned fraud!
There is absolutely no other reason for that to have been done.
This feels like 2000 all over.
+13 # Patriot 2016-06-12 06:40
There also is no excuse for still having uncounted ballots almost a week AFTER the election.

Is California too poor, too lazy, too stupid, or just too crooked to hire enough extra personnel to get the job done on time?
-1 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:43
Hey watch it with innuendo small state patriot. We are 40 million people we are the 7th largest economy in the world on our own. How many folks live in Kentucky? Not even 5 million in Kentucky, we have more registered voters then you have population my blue grass smoking brother. Cool your jets and wrap your brain around the fact we are huge huge huge. Clearly you have no concept of the size of our electorate. We regularly get more democratic voters showing up to vote then you have as the entire state population of Kentucky including children. Take another hit of that blue grass our election isn't certified until 30 days after Election Day we are actively organizing monitors to make sure every vote is counted. 3 counties have reported as HRC counties on election night have flipped to Bernie as of Friday. It ain't over. Love from the left coast, Dude.
0 # Patriot 2016-07-04 02:09
USADude, I should have asked if Padilla is too...etc. My apologies for the sloppy choice of words.

Sure, California is much larger than Kentucky...but Padilla certains knows that as well as you and I do.

Peace, brother. And thanks for undertaking to be one of the count monitors!
+14 # jimmyjames 2016-06-12 07:30
I totally agree with "Patriot". There is no legitimate excuse for having over 2 million uncounted ballots a week after the election. I can hardly understand how that could happen unless it was deliberate. This whole primary season stinks to high heaven. It makes it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is just as bad as the Republican Party when it comes to suppressing the vote. They are just sneakier about it.
+3 # lfeuille 2016-06-12 17:58
I don't remember this happening before. Was California really that much smaller last time that they could count the ballots in a timely fashion, but now they can't.
+12 # tedrey 2016-06-12 08:04
And still the candidates, the media, and the poor benighted people all go on to the next stage as if the votes had been counted and the primaries were over. Not for the first time, I weep for my country.
+9 # RMDC 2016-06-12 09:01
ted -- yes, this is how the process works. We just forget the transgressions of one stage and go to the next.

We need to throw a monkey wrench in the gears of this machine.
+3 # lfeuille 2016-06-12 17:49
The main problem is the media who allow the candidates to get away with it. If they were as skeptical as they should be, the candidates would have to behave better.
+11 # elizabethblock 2016-06-12 08:17
And this is the country that presumes to teach the rest of the world about democracy.

It has occurred to me that if it becomes clear that Trump is going to lose, then the Republicans might cease their efforts to disenfranchise people, because there would be no point.
+3 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:49
A quick note on our democracy.

No newly democratic country chooses our form of government and democracy. That says all that needs to be said about how great our democracy is. Now it's up to us to make it better.

Onward to a more perfect union.
+2 # grandlakeguy 2016-06-13 13:49
This year it is the Democrats turn to disenfranchise voters.
After all they might have voted for Bernie Sanders and they cannot allow that!
+12 # Capn Canard 2016-06-12 09:45
counting ballots? Are you fuggin kidding? This wasn't a primary election, it was a coronation! And the coronation of Queen Hillary doesn't need any stinking ballots.
+11 # reiverpacific 2016-06-12 10:26
Democracy anybody?
Elections in this "Land of the frequently fucked-over" are becoming more and more like what passes for "selections" in Banana Republics, Saudi/Desert kingdom dictatorships.
Of course, that's how all Oligarchies maintain their status quo, innit?!
+5 # Mainiac 2016-06-12 10:54
This is where it gets really interesting. It seems that the total number of votes cast for presidential candidates Clinton and Sanders was 3,442,623.

Yet the above report says “Six million ballots have already been counted from the statewide primary. The uncounted tally would push total voter turnout to about 8.5 million, or around 47% of all registered voters.”

We know that the presidential race is the big draw for voter turnout. So what happened to the other 5 million votes?
+4 # Radscal 2016-06-12 13:36
When I last checked the CA Secretary of State site, there were a total of 5 million votes cast for President in the 6 parties on the ballot.

Currently, there are 2.5 to 3 million uncounted Absentee ballots and 1.5 million Provisional Ballots that likely will never be counted.
+2 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 15:55
Stop this BS about provisional ballots not going to be counted in CA that crap, hokum,balloney, hooey, cynical speculation at at best informed of nothing to do with CA ballot counting process. Y'all need to smoke some weed enjoy your weekend and know a bunch of folks in CA are organizing volunteers to monitor the vote counting. Myself included. My own ballot has been received and is awaiting tabulation. We deal with large numbers. Not like Kentucky with fewer people and horses then we have ballots from one party let alone two.
+2 # RMDC 2016-06-12 19:44
dude -- good to hear this. I hope what you say is done. I'll stay tuned in.
+2 # USADUDE 2016-06-12 16:02
The sky isn't falling HRC hasn't officially won CA and the conventions are next month. Yes the MSM is running their tv show and cutting their promos of the Bobby Rigs vs Billy Jean King rematch in politics. Don't buy the hype. That narrative will drive add sales as super PACs and parties and candidates all spend like drunken sailors. Buy media stokes and play the quarterly earnings game if you want. But in CA we have million of ballots to count still. Stay tuned our election and this primary isn't over. "The Felonious HRC" hasn't even been deposed by the FBI yet. The plot twist is coming can't you feel it?

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