Election Day is over. But when can we expect official election results?

Counting mail-in and absentee ballots takes time


It will take days, and even weeks, to learn the final results of the 2022 Election, according local election officials. Canva photo

Joel Nevarez, Multimedia Journalist

Election night is over.

But it will take days, and even weeks, to learn the final results, according local election officials. 

The first batch of California election results was released shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. But these initial results were labeled as unofficial and made up of early votes left in dropboxes and mail-in ballots. 

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters website will be updated throughout the night and coming days as votes continue to be counted.

Mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by Nov. 15 to be counted. 

Election results must be certified locally on or before Dec. 8, 2022, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

The California Secretary of State must then certify the results as well before issuing certificates of nomination or election. That must be completed by Dec. 16.