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About 70,000 votes from California's primary remain uncounted as the final deadline looms

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The number of uncounted ballots in California from the June 7 presidential primary fell substantially over the holiday weekend and Tuesday, with the tallied vote count standing at almost 8.5 million.

The latest report, issued Tuesday afternoon by the secretary of state's office, found 70,455 ballots had yet to be reviewed four weeks after election day. The tally as of last Friday was about 288,000.

Only eight counties still have ballots left to process, with California's largest counties having finished their work prior to the July 4 holiday.

Sonoma County accounts for the majority of the remaining unprocessed ballots. A phone call placed to Sonoma elections officials Tuesday was not immediately returned.

By law, elections officials have until Friday to report all votes cast. The statewide results are then certified the following week.

One change this year may have played a role in the delay: a state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 to allow ballots with an election day postmark to be counted if they arrive as many as three days late.

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