With every other county in California reporting election results in 100 percent of precincts, San Diego County mysteriously lagged behind for more than 12 hours after polls closed Tuesday night.
Riverside County’s semifinal report of election results at 8:01 a.m. handed San Diego County the distinction of being the last county in the state without 100 percent of precincts reporting.
By 10:47 a.m., San Diego’s “Unofficial Election Night Final” results showed 100 percent of 2,136 precincts reporting — but with 490,000 mail ballots and other ballots still to be processed.
The delay hindered the ability to officially call certain local races, like that of the San Diego City Council and the county Board of Supervisors, until the early afternoon.
“We’re still trying to figure out what went wrong,” said county spokeswoman Tracy Defore.
County officials are unsure when they will know what caused the delay in reported results. County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu was unable to be reached for comment.
Just 38 percent of San Diego County residents cast ballots in the 2018 election, according to data from the California Secretary of State.
County election data suggests that voter turnout for Tuesday’s midterm was somewhere in the mid-60s.
Tuesday’s turnout rate is the county’s highest since the 2010 midterm election, which resulted in the Republican Party capturing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. County voter turnout reached 81.5 percent in the 2016 November election.
Updated at 4:05 p.m. Nov. 7, 2018
— City News Service
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