County election officials across California won’t know exactly how many vote-by-mail ballots have been cast until Monday, which could dial up the intrigue in any super-close races.
As long as a mail-in ballot has been postmarked by election day Tuesday and received within three days, it must be counted by state law. But Friday is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday with no mail delivery, and government offices are closed on the weekends.
“Because the third day is a federal holiday, it rolls to Monday,” said Sam Mahood, spokesman for the California Secretary of State’s office.
Activists are not taking the idea of a Donald Trump presidency quietly. Hundreds of demonstrators across the U.S. hit the pavement during the day and evening Wednesday to protest the Republican's electoral victory.
California voters have approved Proposition 51, a $9-billion bond for school construction projects across the state.
The measure was leading 53.9% to 46.1%, according to election returns at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and the Associated Press has called the victory.
State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.
California voters have approved a significant change of the rules in how proposed laws are approved by the Legislature, overwhelmingly supporting a new mandate for public review of legislation before any final vote.
The change in legislative rules was long discussed in the state Capitol but failed to gain momentum until the initiative written by a former GOP legislator and bankrolled by a wealthy Bay Area activist.