Poll workers count as fast as possible, State says it's too early for final results

Election Ballots
Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 22:28:59-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Poll workers told 23ABC News Friday that they have been working endlessly to count all of the votes, but data shows that in many of our local races it’s still too early to declare a winner.

“They have to report their results for the Presidential Election contest to us by December 1,” Secretary of State Office Public Information Official, Sam Mahood said.

However, California ballot counters also have another deadline to meet, according to Mahood.

“For all other contest state and federal by Dec. 4.”

This means that key battles like the one for Congressional District 21 between TJ Cox and Valadeo are still far from over.

Even though as of Friday, Kern County Data showed TJ Cox with the majority of the vote, in other counties like Fresno, Kings, and Tulare county, data shows David Valadao is leading.

The California Secretary of State website gave a better picture of how many votes each county has already counted along with an estimate of what still needs to be counted as of 5 p.m. Friday.

As of 5 p.m. on Friday, Kern County has counted 145,134 ballots, Fresno has counted 327,943, Kings County has counted 42,469, and Tulare County has counted 119,916.

The Kern County Elections Department estimates they still have 177,896 ballots to count, while Fresno said they have 86,340 ballots to still count.

Tulare County estimates that they have around 28,885 to still count whereas Kings County estimates that they only have 3,075 ballots left.

Even after counties submit their results on Dec. 4, we still have to wait another week before anything is final.

“The Secretary of State's Office will certify the statewide results on December 11 of this year.”

If you would like to track the number of ballots counted so far you can click here.

If you would like to see how many ballots each county estimates that they still need to count you can click here.