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 Election 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 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 2,209 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, 786 of the county’s 2,209 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