“Good job Procrastinators!”

“The short answer as to why we do not have updated election results: Procrastinating voters,” as YubaNet is reporting.

“When will we see an update? Probably by late Monday or maybe Tuesday. Will it be a huge update? Probably not. How can this situation be avoided in November? Voters need to mail their ballots earlier or, if they want the ‘polling place experience,’ take advantage of early voting at a vote center or cast their ballot in person on election day.

“For now, the nail-biting wait for the campaigns will continue.

“On the bright side, voter turnout won’t be abysmal.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

14 thoughts on ““Good job Procrastinators!””

  1. Instead of yapping at the Elections Office, the vocal locals ought to turn their ballots in a more timely manner! For many of them, I suspect, it’s been a pattern for life. And the rest of us suffer the consequences. Thanks to YubaNet for addressing the “elephant in the corner.”

  2. Instead of blaming those of us who just like to vote at the polls on election day, maybe the blame has to be placed on whoever thought the mail- in system was going to easier or more streamlined than having open polls places. For my family and many friends, showing up at our polling place and casting our vote is a real and important American ritual. As with most things that have a due date that seems on a far-off horizon and are therefore relegated to the back burner, the mail-in ballot sat around my house until almost the last minute when my family members gathered to talk about the candidates and issues. We’re not laggers, just busy, but a deadline forces the issue. Still, I want back my polling booth.

    1. Karla, You still can vote at a physical place on election day. We also need to be mindful of our responsibilities as citizens, including voting on time. And thanks to Nevada County for putting stamps on the mail-in ballots for us, unlike some other counties. It’s really easy!

    1. As YubaNet pointed out and I agree wholeheartedly: “Anyone could vote in person at one of the vote centers the week before and on Election Day. People took advantage of that and got the polling place feel.” I also saw voters wearing “I voted” stickers afterward. It’s a fact — not an opinion — that the large number of “procrastinating voters” mean that the results won’t be known for a few more days.

  3. As I tell my grandchildren, “You can’t always have everything right away.” Besides, Yubanet says there likely won’t be any big changes.

  4. I can’t help but chuckle over the interpretation of the word “procrastinators” as somehow inherently negative and busting Pascale for its use…her use was 100% consistent with its definition. There are a number of reasons to delay voting until election day, but the opportunity to vote in person is there for anyone who wishes to exercise it. With a mail-in system that honors ballots mailed on election day it is going to take a few days to receive and count ballots. If you want your vote counted on Tuesday you might want to mail it on Saturday.

  5. Voting on election day is procrastination? I have sent in enough mail-in ballots early, only to find late breaking news that might have changed my mind, that I now drop my ballot into the Rood Chute on election day. That is my privilege and I don’t care to be called a procrastinator because I use the best and latest information to make an informed choice.

    1. I’m with Mark. I did change my mind in the interim between receiving my ballots and actually casting a vote. That’s what it means to be a thoughtful voter.

  6. I don’t understand why we need to know the results of the election that night or the next day. Nothing bad is going to happen in the week or so it takes to certify the results. Everyone has the “I want it now!” philosophy. Of course I am the epitome of a procrastinator.

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