Shasta County Elections Office offers updates on voter turnout

Shasta County Clerk Elections Office

The polls may be closed but there remains work to be done before the primary election results can be finalized.

Thousands of Shasta County voters cast their ballots Tuesday at the polls or used mail-in or provisional ballots.

Cathy Darling Allen, the Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, said they expect many more mail-in and provisional ballots to come in for the rest of the week. Those ballots will need to be counted and tallied before the candidates will have final answers.

Allen also said this year’s voter turnout was significantly higher than the previous primary election.

"In 2014 in the primary we had about 6,800 people go to vote at polling places," Allen said. "We had over 10,000 yesterday go and vote and cast a ballot at a precinct."

Allen said the Shasta County Elections Office has up to 28 days to tally the remaining votes, but they should have more updated numbers this Friday.

She also added that despite the increase in mail and provisional ballots, the process should be faster this year because they’re using a new system to scan the ballots that allows them to scan a batch of up to 100 at a time.

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