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More than 60,000 Sonoma County absentee ballots yet to be counted

As Election Day edged into the day after the election, about 64,000 Sonoma County mail-in ballots remained uncounted.

That could play a key role in determining some races that hang in the balance, particularly the one for 1st District Supervisor, where opponents Susan Gorin and John Sawyer were separated by fewer than 400 votes.

Of the county's 260,448 registered voters, 184,671, or 71?percent, received mail-in ballots. Of those, roughly 121,000 were returned in time to be counted Tuesday, said county elections chief Janice Atkinson.

Those that arrived in the mail Tuesday or were delivered at polling places won't be immediately counted. Counting them will likely take the full four weeks allowed by law, Atkinson said.

In the June primary, about 23,250 mail-in ballots came in on Election Day, and it took 22 days to report the final results. Historically, Atkinson said, about 35,000 mail-in ballots are mailed or come in on Election Day.


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