San Francisco, California – Voting centers in the Bay Area closed at exactly 8 pm with reports that some voters were still in line to cast their ballots.
Election day passed without major setbacks in the region’s 9 counties, where the polls reflected a moderate influx partly due to the coronavirus pandemic, but also because more than half of registered voters in California voted early.
According to the Secretary of State, almost 12 million registered voters cast their ballots before this Tuesday, which represented more than double what was registered during the 2016 elections.
In California, the law states that ballots sent by mail must be stamped no later than November 3 and received by county elections offices by November 20.
The historical number of people who voted early in this pandemic year promises to complicate the computations and extend them over days or perhaps weeks, making it difficult for there to be a clear winner of the presidential contest for tonight on November 3.
Faced with this scenario, Bay Area Police departments say they are prepared not to repeat the mistakes made during the mass protests that arose in the wake of the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman.