Election Results



John Tuteur Green Background

Election Results - General Election - November 8, 2016




As Napa County Registrar of Voters I have three main duties: to encourage every eligible voter to register; to help every registered voter to vote and to make sure every vote counts.  Making sure every vote counts takes time and careful attention, especially in a Presidential election with a turnout approaching 85%.   I have to balance the interest of candidates and agencies in receiving early results with the public’s need to have confidence in the accuracy of the election as set forth in our California Election Code.  Our five dedicated staff, with the help of almost one hundred citizen workers, has already published three interim results and will publish a fourth by November 23 covering 95% of all votes cast. Of course, in a close election with slender margins such as the second seat on the American Canyon City Council or the third seat on the Calistoga Joint Unified School District only the final certified results will determine the outcome.

Since Election Day our team has processed more than 28,000 vote by mail ballots received between Saturday November 5 and Monday November 14.   Each of those ballots, like the 28,000 we processed and released at 8:01 p.m. on Election Day, require signature verification to ensure the legitimacy of the ballot.  Once verified, the ballots are prepared for counting by our citizen volunteers.  During counting whenever our optical scanners cannot determine voter intent or there is a write-in vote (most of which are for unqualified names), our regular staff has to review 6,000 ballot images to make sure every vote on every ballot is counted accurately. Watch this video that shows each of the steps in that process.
 The video will be posted on our election results web page and on Napa County’s social media sites.

In addition to counting these additional 28,000 vote by mail ballots, final certified results cannot be released until three additional steps are completed:  1) processing 774 provisional ballots which are provided to voters who do not appear on the registration roll or have other issues with their vote by mail ballot; 2) duplicating 1,500 overseas voter and damaged ballots to get them ready for counting and performing a manual tally of approximately 2,000 machine-counted ballots, selected at random, to confirm the accuracy of the machine count.  This final step cannot begin until all categories of ballots have been counted.  We expect to release final certified results well before our deadline of December 9, 2016.  Please contact me at 707-253-4459 or john.tuteur@countyofnapa.org if you have questions or comments.