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After election night glitch, ballot counting going smoothly in SLO County

Posted at 7:02 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 22:02:27-05

Despite a record number of registered voters and the many legislative changes to the state's election process, local county clerk-recorders say the ballot counting after Super Tuesday is going smoothly.

"There have been a lot of changes we implemented and I think everything kind of went off without a hitch," said Tommy Gong, San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder.

This comes after a glitch in the state's voter information database which slowed down the process in San Luis Obispo County temporarily.

According to the clerk-recorder, the glitch forced 15 counties in California, including San Luis Obispo, to have to look up voter information and print ballots manually.

The malfunction was eventually corrected.

In total, SLO County received about 70,000 ballots and is processing thousands.

"It has just become the nature of the beast during the canvas with that many vote by mail ballots coming back to us that we have to take that time to process those," Gong said.

According to Gong, as long as a ballot was post marked by election day and the county receives it by the Friday following election day it will be counted. The process to get through them may just take a little longer.

"It was pretty simple for us because we do mail-in... so we don't have to deal with the polls or anything- so we found it really simple," said Steve Ortiz, a Morro Bay resident.

Gong says he expects to have updated numbers for San Luis Obispo County this coming Friday.

Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder Joseph Holland said he expects an update Monday of next week.

According to Holland, this election night was a smooth one for Santa Barbara County.

He said there are a little more than 38,000 outstanding vote by mail ballots that need to be counted.