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Special Senate Election Expected to Cause Delays in Contest Results

The special election called by Governor Schwarzenegger for Senate District 1 (SD-1) to replace the late Senator Dave Cox will be combined with the November 2 general election.

The results of the special election will determine if a run-off election in January is necessary.

This means finalizing the vote for the SD-1 election will be the priority of the Elections Office that will cause a delay in determining the outcome of other contests.

Under the California Election Code, the Elections Office has until November 30 to finalize election results. However, in the case of this special election, state law requires the election results be certified by November 12.

On election night, voters will see the results of all the ballots cast at the polling places and the Vote by Mail ballots that have been processed as of that time. Beginning the following day, Wednesday November 3, the Elections Office will concentrate on processing ballots from the SD-1 area until that contest is completely counted.

Contests that share the ballot with the SD-1 will show partial updates as the SD-1 ballots are tabulated. Contests outside of SD-1 will not show updates until the canvass of the SD-1 contest is complete.

Once the SD-1 election results are certified, the Elections Office will shift their focus to processing the remaining partially counted contests until the canvass is completed.

SD-1 weaves through the eastern and southern part of the county, including the proposed city of Arden Arcade and the cities of Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova. To view a chart of which districts are in or out of SD-1, go to

For more information contact Brad Buyse at (916) 875-6276.

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