Riverside County tallies votes slowly

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Most California counties are posting full results from last night’s mid-term election. Riverside County is a rare exception.

Riverside County had hoped to post results from more than 200,000 absentee ballots by 8:15 last night. But the numbers didn’t materialize until an hour after polls closed.

County election officials also promised hourly updates. But none surfaced for several hours; that left some close races in question.

Riverside County’s election chief blames the delay on a computer software glitch – and on voters who were last in line at the polls.

The Riverside County registrar is under heightened scrutiny after similar lags in past elections. After last June’s primary, election workers temporarily misplaced 28,000 ballots. They were eventually found, and counted, after voters sued.

A Riverside County supervisor has told a Palm Springs newspaper that he would seek a review of the registrar’s election night performance.