Explanation of Election Night Results

On Election Night, the San Bernardino County Elections Office releases unofficial results of voted ballots received from polling places throughout the County and voted mail ballots received prior to and on Election Day.

These results are cumulative and updates are released throughout the night. The first results posting takes place at 8:05 p.m. This posting includes results for mail ballots that were received from the U.S.P.S. and mail ballot drop-off locations prior to Election Day. The second results posting takes place at 10 p.m. and includes results from the 8:05 p.m. posting as well as results for mail ballots received from the U.S.P.S. on Election Morning, and ballots cast at nearby polling places on Election Day.

Results for ballots cast at polling places on Election Day are added every two hours, on the hour thereafter, until the final Election Night count has been completed. Though ballot counting may be completed for the night, the Elections Office will continue to process and count additional ballots in the weeks following the election. The estimated number of ballots remaining to be counted is provided to the public at the final posting of the unofficial Election Night results.

After the election, the Elections Office works diligently to process the remaining ballots to be counted from Election Night. These results include mail ballots received at polling places on Election Day and damaged ballots which require duplication before counting. Upon Certification of the Final Official Election Results, various types of other ballots including provisional ballots, mail ballots that require further signature review, and votes cast on electronic voting machines are added to the results.

List of Party Abbreviations

Parties Abbreviations
American Independent AI
Americans Elect AME
Democratic DEM
Green GRN
Libertarian LIB
Peace and Freedom PF
Republican REP
No Party Preference NPP

Explanation of Number of Precincts Reporting

On Election Night, the public often wants to know how the counting of ballots is progressing and when the counting will be completed. On the Elections Results page, there are some statistics that provide the public with a very rough estimate of how ballot counting is progressing.

Underneath the title of a contest and above the list of candidates in each contest, you will find two numbers separated with a slash followed by a percentage, as shown below:

State Senator District 23
60 / 240    25%

Vote Count Percent
Candidate 1 350 35%
Candidate 2 650 65%
Total 1000 100%

These numbers represent the number of precincts reporting results (60), the total number of precincts located in the jurisdiction of the particular contest (240), and the percentage of precincts reporting results (25%).

As the vote count is updated throughout Election Night, the number of precincts reporting and the percentage of precincts reporting will increase, as shown below:

State Senator District 23

120 / 240   50%

Vote Count Percent
Candidate 1 800 40%
Candidate 2 1200 60%
Total 2000 100%

When all the Election Day ballots from all the precincts located in the jurisdiction are counted, the numbers will read, as shown below:

State Senator District 23

240 / 240   100%

Vote Count Percent
Candidate 1 1000 40%
Candidate 2 1500 60%
Total 2500 100%

The precincts reporting number only provides a very rough estimate of the progress of counting of total ballots for a couple of reasons.

First, it only reports on ballots cast at polling places on Election Day. It does not take into account any Vote-by-Mail ballot totals.

Second, it is simply a snapshot of how many precincts have had their Election Day ballots run through the ballot scanners. It does not take into account the number of ballots in a precinct. Some precincts have hundreds of ballots and other precincts have no ballots at all! So, there is not always a direct correlation between the number of precincts reporting and the number of ballots counted.

In the above example, there were 1,000 votes counted in the first 25 percent of precincts reporting.

In the next 25% of precincts reporting 1,000 votes were added to the results for a total of 2,000 votes.

You might expect to find an additional 2,000 votes in the last 50 percent of precincts reporting, but only an additional 500 votes were counted for a total of 2,500.

The reason is that there are many precincts that have zero voters. In our software program, precincts with zero voters aren’t reported until all other precincts have reported their results. So, in the final update on Election Night, the percentage of precincts reporting will suddenly rise to 100 percent but there may not be a drastic change in the vote count.

In 2014, there were 1,737 precincts in San Bernardino County. Of those, many precincts are located in remote areas of the County and have very few registered voters residing in them. In fact, 617 of the county’s 1,737 precincts had no registered voters in them at all.

2014 Statewide General Election Offices Up for Election and Corresponding Precinct Statistics

Jurisdiction Office District Total Voters Total Precincts Precincts With No Voters Mail Ballot Precincts Mail Ballot Precincts With No Voters
Adelanto Elementary School District Member, Governing Board 17476 33 10 12 5
Alta Loma School District Member, Governing Board 32867 33 9 11 9
Apple Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board 40581 59 16 22 15
Bear Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board 9627 36 17 16 14
Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 4 3 2 0 2 0
Big Bear Airport District Member, Board of Directors 9281 31 14 12 11
Big Bear Airport District Member, Board of Directors 9281 31 14 12 11
Big Bear City Community Services District Member, Board of Directors 5932 10 2 1 1
Big Bear Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 2 1846 8 3 4 3
Big Bear Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 3 1853 2 0 0 0
Central School District Measure N 19011 18 2 0 0
Central School District Member, Governing Board 19011 18 2 0 0
Chaffey Joint Union High School District Member, Governing Board 171298 194 41 42 38
Chino Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board 78289 93 16 13 13
City of Adelanto Mayor 9270 20 12 10 10
City of Adelanto Measure O 9270 20 12 10 10
City of Adelanto Member, City Council 9270 20 12 10 10
City of Barstow Member, City Council 8171 14 3 5 3
City of Chino Hills Member, City Council 37244 30 6 6 6
City of Colton Mayor 20062 43 15 3 3
City of Colton Member, City Council District 1 3466 11 4 1 1
City of Colton Member, City Council District 2 3494 5 1 0 0
City of Colton Member, City Council District 4 3153 3 0 0 0
City of Fontana City Clerk 73360 72 7 5 4
City of Fontana City Treasurer 73360 72 7 5 4
City of Fontana Mayor 73360 72 7 5 4
City of Fontana Member, City Council 73360 72 7 5 4
City of Grand Terrace Mayor 6485 8 0 0 0
City of Grand Terrace Member, City Council 6485 8 0 0 0
City of Hesperia Member, City Council 36725 35 3 4 3
City of Highland Measure T 23096 38 11 8 8
City of Highland Member, City Council 23096 38 11 8 8
City of Montclair Mayor 12761 10 1 0 0
City of Montclair Member, City Council 12761 10 1 0 0
City of Needles Mayor 1857 2 0 0 0
City of Needles Measure S 1857 2 0 0 0
City of Needles Member, City Council 1857 2 0 0 0
City of Ontario Mayor 58980 70 8 8 8
City of Ontario Member, City Council 58980 70 8 8 8
City of Rancho Cucamonga Mayor 84484 75 11 9 9
City of Rancho Cucamonga Member, City Council 84484 75 11 9 9
City of Redlands Member, City Council 37485 58 22 17 15
City of Rialto Measure U 38920 50 13 9 7
City of Rialto Member, City Council 38920 50 13 9 7
City of San Bernardino Measure Q 78276 182 60 35 35
City of San Bernardino Measure R 78276 182 60 35 35
City of Twentynine Palms Member, City Council 5134 6 1 1 1
City of Upland Member, City Council 36977 41 6 4 4
City of Victorville Member, City Council 42428 52 7 9 6
City of Yucaipa Member, City Council 26909 34 7 15 7
Colton Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 43943 106 35 9 7
Colton Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 3 43943 106 35 9 7
County of San Bernardino Member, Board of Education Area B 184742 194 34 35 29
County of San Bernardino Member, Board of Education Area D 159933 363 131 120 93
County of San Bernardino Member, Board of Supervisors District 4 157998 187 34 27 27
Cucamonga School District Member, Governing Board 10469 26 12 12 12
Cucamonga Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors 97167 95 15 15 13
Etiwanda School District Member, Governing Board 43526 46 12 14 12
Fontana Unified School District Member, Governing Board 57955 67 14 16 14
Hesperia Recreation And Park District Member, Board of Directors 37830 47 10 14 10
Hesperia Unified Measure M 41534 75 28 35 27
Hesperia Unified School District Member, Governing Board 41534 75 28 35 27
Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Member, Board of Directors 23551 90 42 55 38
Hi-Desert Water District Member, Board of Directors 11420 12 2 3 2
Indian Wells Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors 98 3 2 3 2
Inland Empire Utilities Agency Member, Board of Directors Division 2 52104 61 8 8 8
Joshua Basin Water District Member, Board of Directors 3948 7 0 3 0
Joshua Basin Water District Member, Board of Directors 3948 7 0 3 0
Morongo Unified School District Member, Governing Board 25052 95 45 59 41
Mountain View School District Member, Governing Board 9214 10 2 1 1
Mt. Baldy Joint School District Member, Governing Board 250 3 1 1 1
Needles Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 2561 21 11 18 11
Ontario-Montclair School District Member, Governing Board 55961 58 3 3 3
Ontario-Montclair School District Member, Governing Board 55961 58 3 3 3
Palo Verde Community College Measure P 2561 21 11 18 11
Redlands Unified School District Member, Governing Board 64376 142 57 63 45
Rialto Unified School District Member, Governing Board 47229 77 27 27 22
Rim of The World Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 15374 140 79 80 66
San Bernardino Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 2 42578 68 22 21 17
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 3 55225 138 54 53 42
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 4 61556 102 32 13 12
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 5 63183 178 73 92 62
San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Member, Board of Directors 3 3 1 3 1
San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Member, Board of Directors Division 4 3 2 0 2 0
Sierra Sands Unified School District Member, Governing Board 141 9 7 9 7
Snowline Joint Unified Measure L 18577 34 11 3 2
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 1, Office 1 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 1, Office 2 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 1, Office 3 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 1, Office 4 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 2, Office 1 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 3, Office 1 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 3, Office 2 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 3, Office 3 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 3, Office 4 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Supreme Court Office 1 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Supreme Court Office 2 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Associate Justice, Supreme Court Office 3 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Attorney General 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Controller 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Governor 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Insurance Commissioner 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Lieutenant Governor 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Member, State Assembly District 33 195250 630 278 367 251
State of California Member, State Assembly District 36 9301 10 4 1 1
State of California Member, State Assembly District 40 209559 400 132 129 99
State of California Member, State Assembly District 41 52940 55 6 6 4
State of California Member, State Assembly District 42 55025 151 59 91 55
State of California Member, State Assembly District 47 176585 305 102 73 61
State of California Member, State Assembly District 52 115464 155 29 25 25
State of California Member, State Assembly District 55 37244 31 7 6 6
State of California Member, State Board of Equalization District 1 446533 1021 407 492 356
State of California Member, State Board of Equalization District 3 37244 31 7 6 6
State of California Member, State Board of Equalization District 4 367591 685 203 200 140
State of California Presiding Justice, Appellate Court 4th Appellate District, Division 3 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Proposition 1 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Proposition 2 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Proposition 45 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Proposition 46 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Proposition 47 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Proposition 48 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Secretary of State 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California State Senator District 16 54326 289 132 210 126
State of California State Senator District 20 292049 460 131 98 86
State of California Superintendent of Public Instruction 851368 1737 617 698 502
State of California Treasurer 851368 1737 617 698 502
Town of Apple Valley Member, Town Council 36080 35 7 8 6
Town of Yucca Valley Member, Town Council 9908 11 1 3 1
Trona Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board 692 3 2 2 2
United States United States Representative District 27 21873 21 1 2 1
United States United States Representative District 31 308343 509 143 105 89
United States United States Representative District 35 199110 250 47 37 35
United States United States Representative District 39 37561 32 7 6 6
United States United States Representative District 8 284481 925 419 548 371
Upland Unified School District Member, Governing Board 37552 42 7 6 4
Victor Elementary School District Member, Governing Board 36347 43 8 9 8
Victor Valley Community College District Member, Governing Board 160782 299 106 131 90
Victor Valley Union High School District Member, Governing Board 57236 109 37 52 32
Yermo Community Services District Member, Board of Directors 640 4 0 2 0
Yucaipa Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 3 7311 15 3 10 3
Yucaipa Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 5 2356 4 1 2 1
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board 27636 70 25 47 24