Tens of Thousands of Uncounted Ballots in San Francisco
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Per John Arntz, the head of the city's Elections Department, around 84,000 ballots remain to be tallied. Any vote-by-mail ballots that arrived after Oct. 28 hasn't yet been counted. "It's a five-card ballot," said Arntz. "And it takes five times longer to count a five card ballot than a one-card ballot."
Considering all of 400 votes separate Mark Farrell and Janet Reilly, to give just one example, you'd figure thousands of additional ballots might make a difference.
Historically, it made sense that more people would turn out than the 37 percent or so reported yesterday -- and the 39 percent recorded as of 4 p.m. today.
In 2006 -- the last gubernatorial election no one was very enthused about -- 61 percent of San Franciscans made it to the polls. Some dropoff is to be expected -- but 25 percent?
If you added 84,000 uncounted ballots to the current number of counted ones -- 179,070 -- you'd get 263,070. That's 57 percent turnout.
That sounds plausible. We'll see how it works out for state and local candidates.