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Your Friday Election Results Update, Featuring More Los Angeles County Ballots Counted

A voter drops their ballot in an official ballot collection box in Highland Park on October 17. (Al Kamalizad for LAist)
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* These results will be continually updated as votes are counted. Last updated on Friday, November 13 at 5:15 PM.

As election officials continue counting ballots, Los Angeles County turnout is nearing 4.3 million, or 75% of registered voters, according to an update released Friday afternoon by the County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office.

That will continue to edge upward as more provisional and conditional registration ballots are counted. The Registrar-Recorder’s office reported at least 98,440 ballots still need to be counted, including tens of thousands of vote-by-mail ballots that arrived after Election Day and 'conditional registrations' -- people who walked into a vote center to register and cast a ballot on the same day. Their registration information must be verified before the votes are counted.

The latest count puts a razor-thin margin in the 25th Congressional District even narrower: Republican Congressman Mike Garcia’s lead shrunk from 219 to 104 votes. Ballots from Los Angeles County have been slightly favoring Democrat Christy Smith, while Garcia is winning the Ventura County portion of the district. Smith is hoping for a different result from the May special election, when Garcia claimed victory to fill the last few months of former Rep. Katie Hill’s term.

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On Friday evening, the Associated Press declared a winner in the 39th District, which includes parts of Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties: Republican Young Kim narrowly defeated incumbent Democratic Congressman Gil Cisneros.

Meanwhile, turnout statewide could be between 17 million and 17.5 million, around 79% of California’s registered voters.

We won’t be able to nail down the official turnout until county elections officials certify the votes in their jurisdictions, which must happen within 31 days of the election. The Secretary of State will certify statewide election results by Dec. 11.

Vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 can still arrive and be counted by county registrars through Nov. 20.


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