Every absentee ballot cast by an eligible voter is counted and is included in the final, certified election results issued
by their county elections official. All absentee ballots must be received by the elections official by the time the polls
close (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day. Voted absentee ballots received by the elections official prior to Election Day are
verified for correct voter signature and information and are then held for counting on Election Night.
These results are announced on Election Night along with ballots cast at the precincts. Voted absentee ballots that are
received in the mail on Election Day as well as voted absentee ballots that are returned to any polling place on Election
Day, as is permitted under California law, cannot be counted until the signature of the voter and other information is
verified to ensure the voter is eligible to cast a ballot. Election officials have 28 days after Election Day to complete
the "canvass" or reconciliation of the vote, including checking and processing these absentee ballots, and report their
results to the Secretary of State to be certified.
Simply put, California elections officials count all legally cast
Update on Absentee and Provisional Ballots Remaining to be Processed/Counted (pdf ~42kb)