LOS ANGELES (AP) — A combination of recent changes in California’s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and, some Republicans believe, disadvantaged their party.
A stunning 5 million ballots — more than 40 percent of the overall total — were counted after Nov. 6. In many places, Democrats got a significantly larger portion of the late votes than those counted on Election Day.
Those later votes helped Democrats capture a string of GOP-held U.S. House seats.
The Democratic legislature approved changes allowing any mail-in ballot postmarked by Election Day to be counted up to three business days later.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Down-ballot Democrats move to distance themselves from Sanders
- A small bookstore pondered its future after a day without a sale. After a tweet, it became overwhelmed with orders.
- Sports on TV & radio: Local listings for Seattle games and events
- Case of missing Idaho children tied to doomsday beliefs, 3 deaths
- The most expensive home in L.A. cost Jeff Bezos only 0.13% of his net worth
Another provision allows voters to let anyone drop off their absentee ballots, rather than a family member as previously required. That has opened the door to so-called “ballot harvesting” by campaign operatives.