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July 10, 2018 > Primary results certified

Primary results certified

Submitted By Registrar of Voters, Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters? Office has posted final, certified results for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.

?This election saw a turnout of nearly 44 percent of registered voters, with 369,332 ballots cast,? said Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey. ?We are pleased to report that voter turnout increased nearly 11 percentage points compared with the last Gubernatorial Primary Election in 2014.?

The County also beat the statewide average turnout of 35 percent and had the highest turnout rate for all California Counties with more than 500,000 registered voters.

Bushey noted that Santa Clara County had 824 polling places and praised the approximately 3,700 Election Officers who staffed them.

?We are extremely grateful for those who stepped up to serve their community and perform the duties vital for a successful election,? Bushey said. ?Their dedication to democracy resulted in the contribution of over 37,000 volunteer hours on Election Day.?

Post-Election Canvass
California Elections Code requires the Registrar of Voters? Office to perform a Post-Election Canvass before certifying the final results of an election.

During the Post-Election Canvass, the Registrar of Voters? Office counted all remaining valid ballots and performed a series of mandated audits to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election.

Ballots Counted after Election Day
There are four types of ballots that are counted after Election Day: ?last minute? Vote by Mail ballots, provisional ballots, damaged ballots, and ballots that contain write-in votes.

?Last Minute? Vote by Mail Ballots
Vote by Mail ballots that arrived on Election Day were processed and counted starting Wednesday, June 6. Vote by Mail ballots that were postmarked by Election Day and arrived by Friday, June 8, were also processed and counted after Election Day.

Vote by Mail voters who forgot to sign their return envelopes had the opportunity to complete and sign an Unsigned Ballot Statement form by 5 p.m. on June 13th. Voters whose signatures did not match their voter registration records had the opportunity to update their signatures by June 29th.

Provisional Ballots
Provisional ballots were cast by voters whose eligibility could not be determined at the polling places on Election Day or who had received Vote by Mail ballots but did not have them to surrender at the polls and wanted to vote in person. Provisional ballots must be researched and verified in order to be counted.

Damaged Ballots
Some ballots were torn, damaged, or marked in such a way that the tallying machines could not read them. These ballots required additional processing before they could be counted.

Write-In Votes
Write-in votes must be tallied manually. There were seven contests with valid write-in votes in this election.

1% Manual Tally
The Registrar of Voters? Office conducted a manual tally of ballots cast in 1% of the total precincts within the county in order to verify the accuracy of the machine count. Precincts 1055, 1160, 1407, 1539, 1556, 1664, 1784, 1904, 2108, 2375, 3723, 3810, 3962, 4291, 5914, 5940, 6401, 6402, and 6492 were randomly selected for manual recount during the canvass.

The ballots of the precincts randomly selected for the 1% manual tally were hand-counted for comparison with the unofficial semi-final election results. No discrepancies were found between the machine and manual counts for these ballots.

The official election results, published in the Statement of Vote, are posted on the Registrar of Voters? website at www.sccvote.org. These official results provide a complete picture of the election with the vote totals that are broken down by precinct and the method in which the ballots were cast. Anyone may download or print a complete copy of election results at www.sccvote.org

The Registrar of Voters? Office will release its post-election report in the near future for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election. This report will provide additional statistics, facts, and figures regarding the election, voter behavior, and comparisons with previous similar elections.

For more information, contact the Registrar of Voters? Office at 1-408-299-VOTE (8683) or toll-free at 1-866-430-VOTE (8683), or visit www.sccvote.org. Media inquiries can be directed to the ROV Media Line at (408) 282-3008 or rov.media@rov.sccgov.org

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