Ballot counting continues Monday in the race for California attorney general. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley leads San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris by nearly 37,000 votes in a race that’s still too close to call.
Following the election, the Secretary of State’s Office said it still had to count an estimated 2 million ballots. These are late mail-in ballots that arrived at county elections offices in the days just before the election, plus provisional ballots issued the day of the election. It also includes a limited number of damaged ballots not counted on Election Day.
Los Angeles County has the most counting to do, with more than 400,000 of these ballots. Orange County has 230,000, San Diego 240,000 and Riverside close to 80,000 ballots. They have until November 30 to produce a tally, and they’re providing periodic updates so a result could be known before then.
The loser may ask for a recount – and would have to pay for it unless he or she comes out the new winner. In that case, the counties pay.
Representatives from the Harris and Cooley campaigns are closely watching the process. They cannot challenge individual ballots unless there’s a recount.