Under no circumstances would San Joaquin County, or any county, have final results on election night. The media sometimes “calls a race” when it appears statistically likely a candidate is going to win an election, but these are informed opinions, not binding law.
California law requires that election officials from each county must certify the official final results within 30 days. The California Secretary of State (SOS) accumulates these certified results to create the certified results for the entire State. This is consistent with the law and there are several good reasons for the delay between the election
and the certified count:
No. California Elections Code specifies the requirements of the tasks of the canvass. The canvass of the votes ensures every eligible ballot is counted and counted accurately. There is a methodical process for meeting those requirements, and that process does not provide for changing procedures mid-stream without following the established code. It would just slow the process down even further.
The ROV is focused on counting all eligible ballots and completing the canvass. The election results will be certified on October 14, 2021.
The ROV does not provide special reports or a breakdown of unprocessed ballots for individual contests or geographical areas. An unprocessed ballot report, also known as “ballots remaining to be counted” is updated on the County website whenever results are updated. The report is a raw count of all ballots countywide and not specific to a district. Results will be reported at 9 p.m. each day until all ballots are verified and counted.
The SOS also has information about the unprocessed ballots for all the counties in California at: https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/unprocessed-ballots-status.
A “Precinct” describes the geographical location and polling place where you and your neighbors are assigned to vote. When the ballot boxes from all of the precincts are returned and counted on election night, counties will report “100% precincts reported.”
With the popularity of Vote-by-Mail, fewer and fewer ballots are cast at the polls on Election Day. In a traditional election, San Joaquin County reports the results of the early returns of the Vote-by-Mail ballots right after the polls close, before precinct ballots are counted.
The “official canvass” is the public process of processing and tallying all ballots received in an election, including, but not limited to, ballots voted in person, provisional ballots and Vote-by-Mail ballots not included in the semifinal election night results. The official
canvass also includes the process of examining all election materials returned from Polling Places, reconciling ballot inventory and voter participation history, processing conditional voter registration provisional ballots, and performance of the post-election manual tally, which is an audit
to ensure the ballots were counted accurately. The canvass concludes with the certification of the results.
Voter turnout is the number of ballots counted and reported on our website as a percentage of the number of registered voters. As more ballots are counted, the turnout number and turnout percentage increases. For example, on election night in the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, voter turnout in San Joaquin County was about 17%. Whereas, the final certified results, after the canvass showed about a 46% turnout.
For the most updated information on votes left to be counted, visit www.sjcrov.org to see the results and the unprocessed ballot report.
When all of the votes cast have been counted and the Election has been certified by the County Registrar of Voters, the election is over and the final results will be known. This should occur within 30 days. Until then, any reported results are still unofficial because we are still counting votes.
The majority of votes cast in the last several elections in San Joaquin County have been cast with mail in ballots.
Vote-by-Mail is secure and this is accomplished through checks-and-balances required by Elections Code, voting system
use procedures, and statewide best practices and County procedures. Here’s what happens when your Vote-by-Mail ballot arrives:
A ballot may be determined to need duplication during ballot inspection when it has identifying information, is damaged or otherwise unreadable. The original ballot is logged and stamped as damaged and given a unique serial number. A team of two people duplicate the voter’s selections on a Touch Writer and further reviews the votes on the Touch Writer summary screen against the damaged ballot. The duplication team prints out a clean ballot that mirrors the voter’s intent on the damaged one. The team checks the votes one more time and writes the serial number of the damaged ballot, and on the replacement ballot. Another team of two people “QA” (quality assurance) check the ballot and the log. The QA team verifies the replacement ballot votes match votes on the damaged ballot and verifies the log was completed correctly. The damaged ballot is placed in an archive and the replacement ballot is scanned and the votes are counted. Ballot duplication is conducted toward the end of the ballot scanning process so that all the replacement ballots are batched together and can easily be retrieved to compare against the damaged ballots.
You can register to vote and vote if you are:
The deadline to register to vote is 15 days prior to Election Day. Voters can register and vote on the same day by visiting any Polling Place - including the Registrar of Voter's office.
Same day Conditional Voter Registration is available for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote. Voters
can register to vote before 8 p.m. on Election Day and vote the same day. Their ballots will be processed and counted once
the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.
No. The information you submitted must first be verified by your county elections official.
You must re-register to vote if any of this information has changed.
Yes, ballots are not forwarded in the mail. You can re-register to vote in person at any Polling Place and get a
ballot at the same time.
You can check the status of your voter registration at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov
or 209-468-VOTE (8683).
Title 2, Division 7, Article 1, Section 19003 of the California Administrative Code allows members of the public to purchase a copy of the
voter file only for political, election, scholarly, journalistic or governmental purposes. Information about your address and contact information
is available in that voter file data. Some information, like your name, party affiliation, voter participation history, and jurisdiction of
residence is available to the general public.
Yes, forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Ilocano, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. Telephone-based interpreter
services will be provided at every in-person voting location. This service includes 24/7 access to telephone-based interpreters, allowing election
officials to assist voters in their native language. This service is available now and can be used by any county elections official, including their
support staff and volunteers.
Please call the Registrar of Voters office at (209) 468-2890 immediately to request another ballot to be mailed. The last day to request a Vote-by-Mail
ballot to be mailed is five days before the election.
Early voting began on August 16, 2021 at the Registrar of Voters office. Registered voters can also cast their ballots by mail or at an official drop box location or at a Polling Place located throughout the County. The Registrar of Voters main office Polling Places will be open 7:00am to 8:00pm on Election Day.
Official Drop Box locations | Polling Places
No. For the September 14, 2021 election, every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail. New voters who register will receive a ballot within two days of
registering. Voters have the option of voting by mail, at one of the Official Ballot Drop Box locations or voting in person at any Polling Place throughout the County. Official Ballot Drop Box locations can be found here and are subject to the hours of
operation of the building where they are located. Polling Places will be open 7:00am to 8:00pm on Election Day.
No. You can drop your ballot off at one of 28 official drop box locations throughout the county or take to a Voter Service Center location. Official Drop Box locations can be found
here. Voter Service Center locations can be found
There is no cost for postage. All ballots include a postage paid-return envelope.
The last day to vote is Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. Voters who are in line at a Polling Place, Official Ballot Drop Box or Drive-Up Democracy location before 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballots. All mailed ballots postmarked on or before September 14, 2021 and received within 17 days after Election Day will be counted.
Voter Service Centers will be open from October 31-November 2 from 9am-5pm and on Election Day, November 3, locations are open from 7am to 8pm.
Strict Public Health COVID-19 protocols will be followed for all in-person voting with masks, gloves, social distancing and sanitation guidelines in place. No voters will be turned away for not wearing a mask; however, disposable masks will be provided.
In some instances. If you are a first-time voter for a federal election you will be asked to show some type of ID. Any document with your name and address is sufficient.
You will only be asked for an ID the first time you vote. Once you verify the information you will never be asked to show an ID to vote again.
No. For security reasons California law prohibits casting a ballot over the internet. However, you can access your ballot through our Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail Ballot
option on our website.
All voters can use a Remote Accessible Vote by Mail Ballot to safely vote at home. Ballots are compatible with screen-reader technology for voters with disabilities. Once the ballot is marked, it needs to be printed out and returned to the Office of the Registrar of Voters. Please read the instructions carefully. Ballots cannot be submitted online or by email.
A Provisional ballot is used when the voter believes they are registered to vote even though their name is not on the official list. They received their ballot in the mail and do not have it to surrender and the elections official is unable to verify that they have not returned their vote-by-mail ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted after elections officials have confirmed that you are registered to vote in that county and you did not already vote in that election.
Yes. You can get a replacement ballot at any in-person voting location.
We will mail you a letter entitled "Unsigned Ballot Envelope Statement". You have until 5:00pm two days before the ROV certifies the election.
We can send you a replacement envelope, or you can pick one up at the main Registrar of Voters office or at a Polling Place. Call (209) 468-2890.
You may pick up their ballot and must sign an affidavit stating you are authorized to do so.
You can sign up at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov for alerts by text (SMS),
email, or voice call on status of your Vote-by-Mail ballot. You may also call the county’s Voter Hotline at 209-468-VOTE (8683).
The first election night results will be posted on our website at 8:30 pm for all vote-by-mail ballots received and processed up to that point. Polling Place ballots will be reported at 9pm and Election Day ballots will be reported starting at 10pm and continuing every hour after that until all ballots issued on Election Day are tabulated.
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