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Election results to roll in starting at 8 p.m.

Polls close at 8; absentee ballot results to post starting then, precincts around 9 p.m.

With estimates of voter turnout still hovering in the 40 percent to 50 percent range, Tuesday night will be a busy one for San Benito County election workers, who will start posting absentee ballots by 8 p.m. with precinct tabulations expected to be available by 9.

Angela Curro, the assistant county clerk-recorder said Tuesday afternoon that vote-by-mail ballots, which have experienced "a very large increase" in the number of ballots returned by that method, will not be counted on election night. The registrar of voters will start posting results at 8 p.m. "and we'll post until we're done" for the evening, likely around midnight, Curro said. At that point, elections officials will note that results will be "semi-official" as the vote counting will continue throughout the week.

The next release of election results will be made "no later than Friday," said Curro, who also noted that the public will be notified by the end of the evening how many vote-by-mail ballots will need to be counted.

Check with BenitoLink throughout the evening here, on our Twitter page, and on our Facebook page. We will provide links to and recaps of results throughout the evening and throughout the week until results are finalized.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.