UPDATE 11/16/22 8:30 p.m. – Kern County Election Trainwreck Continued: After One Week, Only 66% Of The Ballots Have Been Counted

Update 11/17/2022

Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Marin, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, and Yuba. 

According to the election’s office, recently the ballot sorting machine was down for repairs. However, it is now fixed and working, but with the process it takes and the time it was down, this could make the process of knowing results even longer.

This is why Kern County Clerk Mary Bedard urges voters as they wait for results from election day to think of it as election season. That season is happening as the election’s office continues to process ballots from the midterm election.

KGET by: Mikhala Armstrong

Kern County Election Trainwreck Continued: After One Week, Only 66% Of The Ballots Have Been Counted

November 15, 2022

Ridgecrest, California

Kern County’s Election Department officially sucks with 113,000 Ballots Counted and 53,380 Ballots uncounted. Why does it take Kern County so long? And now we wait until Friday November 18th, 10 days after the election:

Voter apathy continues to be the news from Kern County California. Thus far, over a week after the polls have closed, Congressman Kevin McCarthy has only been able to attract the support of 50,143 voters in his home county of 925,000 residents. We previously estimated his total votes in Kern County will be less than 75,000 and that number still stands.

Kern County has counted only 113,000 ballots and still has 55,380 ballots to count. In other words, only 66% of the ballots cast have been counted a week after the election.

McCarthy has 50,143 votes. Percentages don’t matter.

City of Ridgecrest: Mayor Bruen currently has a 744 vote lead and 2,801 votes in a city with 15,964 registered voters.

Measure “P” 1% sales tax increase has 2,774 votes “Yes” and is leading by 303 votes.

Kern County “Yes” on Measure “K” is leading by 301 votes out of a total of 40,066 votes.


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