Election Results and Post Election Ballot Processing
The California Elections and Government Codes, as well as the Culver City Charter and Municipal Code, as applicable, set forth the rules and requirements that shall be followed, in order to ensure an accurate, transparent, and accessible election.
Recent election laws require that any ballot postmarked by Election Day and received by the 3rd day after Election Day must be counted. Similarly, the City is required to wait until the 8th day after the election to allow any Vote by Mail (“VBM”) voter who did not sign their VBM envelope to come in and sign it.
This can make the counting of the ballots and the announcement of official election results seem to take an extremely long time.
But not to worry! The Culver City City Clerk’s Office will keep you informed as often and as quickly as we have new information to provide. While we may still have ballots to count, and while the election will not be official until certified on April 30th, it may be possible to unofficially declare the successful candidates and the results of the ballot measure prior to April 30th, once a certain percentage of the votes are counted.
Following is the tentative plan for the post-election counting of the ballots (all dates are subject to change):
- April 10: Immediately after the close of polls at 8:00pm, the VBM ballots, that have been received and prepared prior to Election Day, will be counted by machine in the Council Chambers. As each precinct returns with its ballots, they will be counted. The proceedings will be televised on the local cable channels and streamed live on the Culver City website. Please note: any provisional ballots and VBM ballots that were dropped off at the polls will not be counted on election night but during the post-election canvassing process (described below).
- April 11: Preparation of VBM ballots that were dropped off at the polls and/or provisionally voted ballots received at the polls will be processed and sent to LA County Registrar Recorder’s Office for signature verification
- April 12: The Manual Tally will take place, as required by Elections Code § 15360.
- April 13: Last day for receipt of any VBM ballots that were postmarked by April 10, 2018
- April 16: A second machine count will occur to include the ballots processed after election day
- April 18: Deadline to receive signatures from those who did not sign their ballots
- April 19 – 20: Processing of final ballots received by Elections Code deadlines
- April 24: Posting of the April 30, 2018 City Council agenda, including a staff report that lists the unofficial results of the April 10, 2018 Election
- April 30: City Council Meeting at which the Election Results are certified, new city council members take their seats and a new mayor and vice mayor are determined.