Explanation of Election Night Results

On Election Night, the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters 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 the vast majority of mail ballots that were received from the U.S. Post Office 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 the balance of mail ballots received prior to Election Day, results for mail ballots received from the U.S. Post Office on Election Morning, and results for ballots cast by noon at approximately 230 polling places.

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 Registrar of Voters 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 Registrar of Voters 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, conditional voter registration provisional ballots, mail ballots that require further signature review, and votes cast on touch screen voting machines are added to the results.

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.

For this election, there are 1,789 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, 657 of the county’s 1,789 precincts have no registered voters in them at all.

2018 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 20,399 53 24 20 12
Alta Loma School District Member, Governing Board 32,307 51 14 15 13
Apple Valley Fire Protection District Member, Board of Directors 41,889 73 14 14 10
Apple Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 7,877 7 0 0 0
Apple Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 4 7,351 9 1 0 0
Apple Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 9,944 21 4 4 3
Barstow Community College District Member, Governing Board 15,498 134 48 74 37
Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Member, Board of Directors 9,656 63 37 37 34
Bear Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board 10,026 66 39 39 36
Big Bear Airport District Member, Board of Directors 19,312 63 37 37 34
Big Bear City Community Services District Member, Board of Directors 6,601 31 21 20 20
Big Bear Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 2 1,867 14 5 6 5
Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Member, Board of Directors 1,677 13 4 5 2
Central School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 4,438 6 1 0 0
Central School District Member, Governing Board Area 4 4,107 3 0 0 0
Central School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 3,460 5 2 0 0
Chaffey Community College District MEASURE P 368,093 506 101 88 79
Chaffey Joint Union High School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 33,873 62 9 7 7
Chaffey Joint Union High School District Member, Governing Board Area 3 31,698 52 16 13 13
Chino Basin Water Conservation District Member, Board of Directors Division 3 21,990 29 1 1 1
Chino Valley Independent Fire District Member, Board of Directors 77,001 94 18 13 13
Chino Valley Unified School District Member, Governing Board 83,506 103 17 13 13
City of Adelanto Mayor 10,956 26 14 10 9
City of Adelanto MEASURE S 10,956 26 14 10 9
City of Adelanto Member, City Council 10,956 26 14 10 9
City of Barstow MEASURE Q 8,698 49 12 7 3
City of Barstow Member, City Council District 1 2,106 9 0 0 0
City of Barstow Member, City Council District 2 2,325 18 8 6 3
City of Chino Member, City Council District 1 7,718 14 0 0 0
City of Chino Member, City Council District 2 9,765 9 0 0 0
City of Chino Member, City Council District 3 9,085 7 1 0 0
City of Chino Hills Member, City Council District 1 7,629 6 0 0 0
City of Chino Hills Member, City Council District 2 7,603 6 0 0 0
City of Chino Hills Member, City Council District 4 6,985 8 4 4 4
City of Colton Mayor 20,453 43 15 3 3
City of Colton MEASURE R 20,453 43 15 3 3
City of Colton MEASURE U 20,453 43 15 3 3
City of Colton MEASURE V 20,453 43 15 3 3
City of Colton Member, City Council District 1 3,516 11 4 1 1
City of Colton Member, City Council District 2 3,445 5 1 0 0
City of Colton Member, City Council District 4 3,256 3 0 0 0
City of Fontana City Clerk 80,759 84 9 5 4
City of Fontana City Treasurer 80,759 84 9 5 4
City of Fontana Mayor 80,759 84 9 5 4
City of Fontana Member, City Council District 1 25,699 26 2 0 0
City of Fontana Member, City Council District 4 18,874 21 3 1 1
City of Grand Terrace Mayor 6,507 8 0 0 0
City of Grand Terrace Member, City Council 13,014 8 0 0 0
City of Hesperia MEASURE T 39,462 77 13 5 4
City of Hesperia Member, City Council District 2 6,715 6 2 0 0
City of Hesperia Member, City Council District 3 8,786 11 2 2 2
City of Hesperia Member, City Council District 4 7,418 18 2 0 0
City of Highland Member, City Council District 4 6,502 12 4 2 2
City of Montclair Mayor 13,742 12 1 0 0
City of Montclair Member, City Council 13,742 12 1 0 0
City of Needles Mayor 1,764 2 0 0 0
City of Needles Member, City Council 1,764 2 0 0 0
City of Ontario Mayor 63,818 91 9 7 7
City of Ontario Member, City Council 63,818 91 9 7 7
City of Rancho Cucamonga Mayor 86,838 133 25 15 15
City of Rancho Cucamonga Member, City Council District 2 19,859 37 8 4 4
City of Rancho Cucamonga Member, City Council District 3 20,929 23 2 0 0
City of Redlands Member, City Council 38,774 78 30 25 21
City of Redlands Member, City Council District 1 6,658 16 9 11 9
City of Redlands Member, City Council District 3 8,891 28 16 11 9
City of Redlands Member, City Council District 5 9,949 11 1 0 0
City of Rialto Member, City Council 40,874 56 18 15 14
City of San Bernardino Mayor 90,759 178 59 31 30
City of San Bernardino MEASURE W 90,759 178 59 31 30
City of San Bernardino MEASURE X 90,759 178 59 31 30
City of San Bernardino Member, City Council Ward 1 10,035 37 17 16 15
City of San Bernardino Member, City Council Ward 2 13,270 15 1 0 0
City of San Bernardino Member, City Council Ward 4 15,355 38 12 4 4
City of Twentynine Palms Member, City Council District 3 1,233 5 0 0 0
City of Twentynine Palms Member, City Council District 4 1,334 9 0 0 0
City of Twentynine Palms Member, City Council District 5 991 8 1 1 1
City of Upland Member, City Council District 2 12,051 16 0 0 0
City of Upland Member, City Council District 3 7,236 11 5 3 3
City of Upland Member, City Council District 4 8,023 10 2 2 2
City of Victorville Member, City Council 47,443 74 17 10 7
City of Yucaipa Member, City Council District 1 6,098 14 4 5 3
Colton Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 1 45,809 108 35 9 7
Colton Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 45,809 108 35 9 7
Copper Mountain Community College District Member, Governing Board 28,139 162 60 71 48
County of San Bernardino Member, Board of Education Area A 173,490 569 219 255 169
County of San Bernardino Member, Board of Education Area B 193,466 273 51 45 39
County of San Bernardino Member, Board of Education Area D 181,530 384 144 121 99
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 1 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 10 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 11 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 12 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 2 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 3 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 4 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 5 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 6 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 7 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
County of San Bernardino PROPOSITION 8 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
East Kern Healthcare District Member, Board of Directors 31 2 1 2 1
East Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors 47,224 102 26 18 16
Etiwanda School District Member, Governing Board Area 3 9,554 10 2 1 1
Etiwanda School District Member, Governing Board Area 4 9,353 9 1 1 1
Fontana Unified School District Member, Governing Board 64,266 72 14 16 13
Helendale School District Member, Governing Board 3,318 5 0 3 0
Hesperia Recreation And Park District Member, Board of Directors 40,537 94 22 18 13
Hesperia Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 9,517 43 16 17 13
Hesperia Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 3 7,510 8 0 0 0
Hesperia Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 9,648 41 18 18 15
Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Member, Board of Directors 26,443 157 58 67 46
Indian Wells Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors 95 3 2 3 2
Inland Empire Utilities Agency Member, Board of Directors Division 3 76,995 93 18 13 13
Inland Empire Utilities Agency Member, Board of Directors Division 4 66,341 62 5 4 4
Joshua Basin Water District Member, Board of Directors 4,322 14 3 6 1
Kern Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 2 819 12 8 11 8
Mojave Water Agency Member, Board of Directors Division 4 28,208 37 5 0 0
Morongo Unified School District MEASURE O 28,139 162 60 71 48
Morongo Unified School District Member, Governing Board 28,139 162 60 71 48
Morongo Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 4 7,383 16 1 2 1
Morongo Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 6,253 20 6 8 5
Newberry Community Services District Member, Board of Directors 926 2 0 0 0
Ontario-Montclair School District Member, Governing Board Area 3 14,763 21 3 3 3
Ontario-Montclair School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 9,808 14 1 0 0
Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District Member, Board of Directors 10,326 19 4 1 1
Rand Communities Water District Member, Board of Directors 32 4 2 4 2
Redlands Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 1 16,536 22 1 1 0
Redlands Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 11,517 17 1 2 1
Rialto Unified School District Member, Governing Board 50,659 81 33 31 29
Rim of The World Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 1 16,297 161 93 80 66
Rim of The World Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 16,297 161 93 80 66
Rim of The World Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 3 16,297 161 93 80 66
Running Springs Water District Member, Board of Directors 2,581 16 7 7 4
San Bernardino Community College District MEASURE CC 330,352 933 394 372 285
San Bernardino Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 2 47,084 75 30 27 25
San Bernardino Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 4 51,719 107 37 22 20
San Bernardino Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 6 53,324 247 117 155 105
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 3 64,989 141 58 54 45
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 4 64,271 117 36 15 13
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 5 69,411 214 85 102 68
San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District Member, Board of Directors Division 2 25,844 39 6 3 1
San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Member, Board of Directors Division 4 4 2 0 2 0
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 1 6,424,362 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 2 3,671,064 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Associate Justice, Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District, Division 3 2,753,298 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Associate Justice, Supreme Court 1,835,532 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Attorney General 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Controller 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Governor 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Insurance Commissioner 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Lieutenant Governor 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 33 208,989 858 379 420 297
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 36 9,250 18 8 1 1
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 40 229,676 492 167 148 118
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 41 54,995 67 9 9 7
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 42 59,426 234 74 101 59
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 47 190,883 321 109 78 67
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 52 126,272 184 32 26 26
State of California Member of the State Assembly District 55 38,275 35 8 6 6
State of California Member, State Board of Equalization District 1 477,758 1,368 548 566 427
State of California Member, State Board of Equalization District 3 38,275 35 8 6 6
State of California Member, State Board of Equalization District 4 401,733 806 230 217 148
State of California Secretary of State 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California State Senator District 16 58,442 421 172 239 146
State of California State Senator District 20 317,155 505 141 104 93
State of California Superintendent of Public Instruction 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
State of California Treasurer 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
Town of Apple Valley Member, Town Council 37,453 48 10 8 7
Town of Yucca Valley Member, Town Council District 1 2,076 5 1 0 0
Town of Yucca Valley Member, Town Council District 3 2,549 7 1 2 0
United States United States Representative District 27 22,129 23 2 3 2
United States United States Representative District 31 335,055 604 170 120 102
United States United States Representative District 35 216,725 283 49 38 36
United States United States Representative District 39 38,583 36 8 6 6
United States United States Representative District 8 305,274 1,263 557 622 435
United States United States Senator 917,766 2,209 786 789 581
Upland Unified School District Member, Governing Board 39,624 48 9 8 6
Victor Elementary School District Member, Governing Board Area 4 8,088 8 0 0 0
Victor Valley Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 2 32,228 44 5 1 1
Victor Valley Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 4 35,203 60 10 6 5
Victor Valley Community College District Member, Governing Board Area 5 39,677 103 37 44 31
Victor Valley Union High School District Member, Governing Board Area 2 11,514 17 3 0 0
Victor Valley Union High School District Member, Governing Board Area 4 11,279 74 44 52 37
Victor Valley Union High School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 11,256 30 13 9 4
Yucaipa Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 2 6,149 7 0 0 0
Yucaipa Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 3 7,403 16 3 10 3
Yucaipa Valley Water District Member, Board of Directors Division 5 2,413 5 1 2 1
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Member, Governing Board Area 5 7,185 44 18 37 18