Don’t call any of the close elections yet in San Benito County, as there are still 9,425 unprocessed ballots to go with ballots in the mail postmarked by Tuesday.
So far, the elections office has counted 11,449 ballots, so that means the office must still count at least 45 percent of the total ballots excluding whatever comes through the mail, according to numbers provided by the elections office.
The numbers tabulated so far include mail ballots received by the elections office through Sunday and poll votes, according to Deputy County Clerk Angela Curro.
Those numbers also mean that total turnout will come close to 70 percent of the 30,162 registered voters in San Benito County. That’s an astounding turnout figure for a mid-term election when compared with prior years.
The elections office plans to do its next big release of counted votes on Friday, Curro told San Benito Live.
The big chunk of remaining ballots also means close races are yet to be determined. Those include races like those for District 3 San Benito County supervisor, the Measure G sales tax, the Measure X Gavilan College bond, and the Hollister School Board.