San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County 2020 election results certified

Posted at 1:18 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 01:53:01-05

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong announced Wednesday morning that the Official Canvass for the Presidential General Election has been completed and the election is certified.

Canvass procedures include:

  • Counting all vote-by-mail and provisional ballots submitted at polls
  • Balancing the number of voters who signed the voter service center rosters to the number of ballots cast
  • Completing a 1% manual tally to ensure the accuracy of voting machines

Both the number of registered voters (184,050) and ballots cast (162,615) in San Luis Obispo County set new record-highs. The voter turnout of 88.35% was by far a record-high as well, breaking the previous mark of 83.14% set in the 2008 Presidential Elections.

Gong said in a statement that the 2020 Presidential General Election is one for the ages.

"With unprecedented circumstances due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, all voters in California were sent vote by mail ballots and fundamental changes were made to precinct operations to maintain a safe voting environment across the state," Gong said.

"With much political unrest throughout the nation, this election was among the most divisive and the most closely watched in the modern election era," he continued. "Yet counties, large and small, performed admirably despite the challenges they faced."

Of the ballots cast for the 2020 Presidential General Election, 93.93% were vote by mail, according to Gong. Individual precinct results will be posted to in the coming days.

Santa Barbara County's election results were also certified Wednesday.