Unknown Number of Ballots Still to Be Counted in California

L.A. County ballots are shown in a file photo.(Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

L.A. County ballots are shown in a file photo.(Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

California elections officials continued to sift through ballots cast by mail on Wednesday morning, and may not have a full handle on how many are left until Monday.

L.A. County ballots are shown in a file photo.(Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

L.A. County ballots are shown in a file photo.(Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

With the rise in absentee voting in California — it now accounts for more than half of the state’s voter registration — election day has largely become an election month. Voters are casting their ballots as early as two weeks before the day of the election. They are also holding them longer, many turning them in to elections officials right before the 8 p.m. closing of polling places on election night.

This year, a new state law has kicked in that allows ballots to be counted that arrive in the mail up to three days after the election, as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 8. Normally, that would mean ballots must arrive by the end of Friday.

But there’s a catch: Friday is Veterans Day, a federal and state holiday. State elections officials have extended the deadline to the close of business on Monday, Nov. 14.

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