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LA Ballots Counted So Far Add Up To A Turnout Of About A Quarter Of Registered Voters. More Than 1M Ballots Still Need To Be Tallied

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People line up to vote at Plummer Park in West Hollywood on Tuesday.
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Whew. I’m so glad voting is behind us. Do it with me…breathe in, breathe out. Let’s all give ourselves a pat on the back for all the studying and prep work we did ahead of time to make sure we made informed decisions. Now, we (still) wait. There were, of course, some clear cut races where results were pretty immediate, like the governor’s race. But for many of the tight contests, like L.A. mayor, it may take days, or even weeks, to know who wins.

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Why Counting May Take A While

There’s been an increase in registered voters choosing to vote via mail-in-ballot. The Los Angeles County Registrar tweeted about their process and explained that the bulk of ballots were mailed in. Processing and counting those ballots takes some time. Yesterday afternoon, the Registrar’s office issued an update about the outstanding ballots left to count.

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Here's L.A. County's schedule for the release of new vote totals
  • Estimated time of the following releases is between 4- 5 p.m.

  • Tue, Nov. 22 | Fri, Nov. 25 | Tue, Nov. 29 |Fri, Dec. 2

  • And if needed, Monday, Dec. 5

  • The vote count as of Nov. 18:

    • 2,441,323 ballots have been processed and counted
    • 80% of those were mail-in ballots
    • 20% voted in person
  • Still to be counted:

    • Vote by Mail ballots: 22,200
    • Conditional Voter Registration ballots: 3,000
    • Provisional ballots: 50

Some quick things to keep in mind two days after Election Day:

  • The ballots counted by Wednesday morning, add up to a turnout od more than 23% of registered voters. Those ballots include early main-in ballots and votes cast in-person at vote centers and on Tuesday. That turnout number will rise as more ballots are verified and added to the total.
  • Slightly more people voted in person this time around than during the June primary.
  • What used to be known as Election Day has turned into Election Month because of the time it takes to tally and process the increasing amount of mail-in-ballots. 
  • This election season was the first time L.A. had a mayor’s race at the same time as the statewide elections. That’s because city officials changed the schedule to try to increase the number of folks who show up at the polls.

The L.A. vote count is scheduled for an update this Friday. New updates will be released every Tuesday and Friday up until Friday, Dec. 2. If needed, there will be an update on Monday, Dec. 5.

Read my colleague Elly Yu’s story for more information about voter turnout and stay up-to-date with the latest election results here.

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Wait! One More Thing...Cheap Fast Eats: Glendale Edition

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Expand your horizons into the world of Georgian-style dumplings.
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So, I’m not going to lie…I usually only go out to Glendale to go to that humongous three-floor Target in the Galleria nearly every week, but thanks to Gab Chabrán, LAist food and culture associate editor, I now have another reason: FOOD. He and my How to LA colleagues took a trip to a few restaurants last month to try out some burgers, breakfast burritos and bastrurma sujukh. Not sure what that is? Well, read all about Gab’s adventure in the latest edition of Cheap Fast Eats.

One meal that makes my tummy sing is dumplings. It looks like I now have a new place to try out my dough treats. The next time I go out to the Glendale area, I’m headed to Khinkali House for some Georgian-style dumplings. And yes, I’m talking about the country of Georgia (next door to Armenia).

Glendale’s large Armenian population means culinary dishes from the Caucasus region are served up all over the city. All I know is that I’m now craving every single kind of dumpling Khinkali House has: the raw meat, the vegan-friendly mushroom and the fried dumplings filled with cheese. 

I know I got your mouth salivating right now because mine sure is. If you want to feel like you’re on this culinary journey with Gab, listen to the latest How to LA podcast. In the most recent episode, he and host Brian De Los Santos eat fast and cheap and discuss all the deliciousness that can be found in Glendale. Listen here!

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