Thousands of mail-in ballots too late to count

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 7:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of mail-in ballots in California's primary election will be set aside because they arrived too late to be counted.

That's according to election officials, who say an increase in mail-in voting has also witnessed an increase in the number of ballots that arrive after the election day deadline, when polls close.

In the primary, Los Angeles County received about 2,400 mail-in ballots too late to be counted.

That number was nearly 600 in Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin says the office dispatches workers on election night to make sure late-coming mail is picked up.

But even then, hundreds of stragglers arrived the next day, too late to matter.

The number of late ballots is relatively tiny but might make a difference in tight races.

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