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Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters 5:00 p.m. Update

All Polls Opened On Time, Voter Turnout and Longer Ballots to Slow Down Tally of Election Results

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters (ROV) reports that all polling places were open at 7:00 am this morning. The Registrar also is predicting that more time will be needed to tally the election results.

An estimated 467,000 voters are expected to participate in this mid-term election, including about 117,000 walk-in voters at polling precincts and 100,000 Vote by Mail ballots that will be dropped at the polls, arrive through the mail, or deposited at the return sites today.

Due to the high voter turnout and the length of the ballots - about 70 percent will have sets of three ballot cards - all precinct results may not be tallied until after 6:00 a.m., Wednesday morning.

Election Night Postings

An estimated 235,000 Vote by Mail and Mail Ballot Precinct ballots will be included in the 8:05 pm Election Night tally to be posted on the ROV website.

The next posting will begin including results from polling places and is targeted for 10:00 pm. Updates thereafter will be approximately every 45 minutes. The estimated completion time is sometime after 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The following is a general overview of the election statistics and activities.

General Information 

Current Voter Registration: 779,330
Voting Precincts: 854
Mail Ballot Precincts: 380
Total Precincts: 1,234
Expected Overall Turnout: 60-65%


Vote by Mail Information 

Total Ballots Issued 559,519 (72% of Registered Voters)
Permanent Vote by Mail Voters (PVBM): 520,428 (67% of Registered Voters)
Ballots Returned to be Counted: 241,412 (43% of ballots issued and 31% of registered voters)

Media Center
A Media Center has been set up in Room 181 at Berger Drive. There election results will be displayed on a monitor and staff will be available for assistance.

Election Updates and Canvass
ROV anticipates 90% of all votes cast will be counted by Friday, November 5th.

There will be updates every Wednesday and Friday until the tabulation of ballots is complete. The canvass of votes will be completed by Tuesday, November 30th.

ROV Hotline Numbers:
Polling Places: (408) 299-POLL [7655]
Voter Questions (866) 430-VOTE [8683] or (408) 299-VOTE [8683]

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Elma Rosas, ROV Media Officer (408) 282-3008
Posted: November 2, 2010