Washoe County, Nevada’s second most populous county, said it still had 22,000 ballots to be counted and hoped to pass the majority on Friday.
“I think we should be able to get through the vast majority of that. There could be a small percentage on Saturday,” Washoe County Provisional Voter Registration Officer Jamie Rodriguez told CNN.
The county includes the city of Reno.
Of the 22,000 remaining ballots, about 20,000 were mail-in ballots, Rodriguez said. Another 1,914 were provisional ballots.
Rodriguez said the county disqualified 400 mail-in ballots Thursday — about two-thirds of the mail-in ballots the county received Thursday — because they were postmarked after Election Day. “Most of the mail we get (Thursday) is postmarked on the 9th,” Rodriguez said, referring to the day after Election Day.
In the past, some voters have mailed their ballots on Election Day — but after the last mail pickup of the day resulted in the ballots being postmarked the next day, preventing them from being counted, Rodriguez said.
She said the 22,000 ballots still to be counted have been postmarked.
On Friday and Saturday, it’s still possible that the county, like all counties in Nevada, will receive more ballots postmarked on Election Day. Saturday is the last day ballots are allowed to arrive.
Washoe is expected to update its vote totals at 11 p.m. ET Friday.
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