UPDATE: More than 25,000 SLO County ballots still need to be counted


County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald says there are 25,312 ballots remaining countywide. There are 20,483 vote-by-mail ballots, 3,665 provisional ballots and 1,164 non-processed ballots.

Original story:

An estimated 13,000 to 15,000 countywide vote-by-mail ballots turned in Tuesday won’t be counted until Friday.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said she hopes to have a definite number of outstanding ballots calculated by noon Wednesday.

It won’t be known until Thursday how many ballots are still out for each contest, she said. Counting the remaining ballots will start Friday with final ballot counts expected next week.

Two city races remain extremely close. In San Luis Obispo, Jan Marx leads Paul Brown for mayor by only 204 votes. It is also a close race between council candidates Kathy Smith and Dan Carpenter – Smith leads Carpenter by 233 votes.

In Morro Bay the gap is even smaller. Bill Yates, seeking to be mayor, is 89 votes ahead of opponent Betty Winholtz.

If the absentee ballots do not spread the lead in those raises Rodewald said staff would concentrate on those contests first when counting provisional ballots and damaged ballots.

--AnnMarie Cornejo