SAN JOSE -- Election workers in Santa Clara County came to work Wednesday morning staring at a mountain of ballots still needing to be processed before final vote totals can be announced, the registrar's office said.
Between 175,000 and 200,000 vote-by-mail ballots and more than 35,000 provisional ballots were being tackled by the Santa Clara County Registrar's Office, according to registrar Barry Garner.
About 20,000 of those had been counted by early Wednesday evening.
"We've got a lot of work to do," Garner said.
Reached Wednesday afternoon, Garner said he didn't have an estimate his office would have a final count.
That means, a number of races in the county could still be in doubt. Without a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the ballots left to count, it's difficult to say which races might be affected.
But there are some races where just a few thousand votes or less separate candidates. Among them for the fourth seat in the Mountain View City Council race and the San Jose City Council District 10 race, where just about 1,300 votes separate Johnny Khamis and Robert Braunstein.
Despite the large number of outstanding ballots, Garner said he would expect the percentages to remain the same for the close races.
With all 1,000 county precincts reporting, the latest vote total for Santa Clara County was 460,329 ballots, accounting for more than 56 percent of the county electorate.
"Given the magnitude and size of the election, it went well," Rosas said.
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