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Vote count delayed by shelter-in-place order; update expected Friday

365体育投注The Yolo County elections office expects to post more results from the March 3 primary election on Friday. After the last update — two weeks ago — there were about 8,000 ballots still to be tallied.

The final vote counts have been delayed by efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus through a shelter-in-place order which has limited the number of elections office staff available to complete the process.

365体育投注Generally elections offices have 30 days to complete the vote canvass, but Gov. Gavin Newsom last week extended the deadline by three weeks due to the shelter-in-place order. Now offices have until April 23.

In a press release Tuesday, Yolo County’s elections office said the shelter-in-place order required that all of the extra staff usually on hand to help with the vote count have been sent home and remaining staff have had to take extra precautions to ensure social distancing, impacting the time needed to complete the process.

Even so, members of the public that would like to observe the canvass process may still do so as long as social distancing protocols are adhered to.

365体育投注“The safety of staff and residents is our primary concern while we continue to work diligently towards certifying the election,” said Jesse Salinas, Yolo County assessor/clerk-recorder/registrar of voters.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy. We’ve put all COVID-19 news stories and local columns outside our paywall, to make sure all the information on local coronavirus response gets disseminated as widely as possible. To subscribe to The Enterprise and support local journalism, click here.

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