Voting in California has officially closed, but whether or not the state’s governor will get to keep his job is likely to remain unclear for at least a few more hours.
Or, if the race is tougher than expected based on preliminary calculations, residents of the country’s most populous state will have to wait even longer – even weeks – before they know what to do. Whether or not Governor Gavin Newsom has been ousted.
Analysts say they have a pretty good idea of how the process will go, as millions of Californians have already cast ballots early or by mail.
Thanks to the expansion of pandemic election rules, ballots were automatically sent to all of the state’s nearly 22 million active registered voters – a fact that experts say has led to high turnout for a specific time and many For, confusing special elections in a year when voters aren’t already thinking about who they want to be president or governor.
As of Tuesday, 43 percent of those 22 million voters had returned their ballots. Political Data, Inc., a non-partisan provider of election data. According to the U.S., most of the ballots already cast were from registered Democrats.
Election officials in California’s 58 counties are allowed to begin counting votes early, but cannot reveal results until voting closes. Then, they have 30 days to complete their official campaign and mail-by-mail ballots on Election Day in the following week. The certified count is not expected until October 22.
But experts say the state’s electoral math is in favor of Mr Newsom. Democrats outnumber Republicans by two to one. And many more Democrats have already returned their ballots than Republicans.
Still, many Republicans said they were looking forward to voting in person on Election Day, citing claims of election fraud that have been shown to be unfounded.
If Tuesday’s in-person voting is significant enough, it could tighten the race and round out the count.
However, polls have shown Mr Newsom’s lead in recent days.