Life must be nice and slow in Willits, California. There's certainly no hurry to count votes, as we find out in today's edition of the Willits News:
"We only have a few steps to complete," says Mendocino County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Susan Ranochak. While she is hoping to finish counting the 16,962 uncounted votes cast in Mendocino County in the November 4 election by Friday she says, "We will definitely be done by Thanksgiving." Ranochak has until December 2 to complete and certify the November 4 election results for the county...
In the days following the election Mendocino County's had the highest percentage of uncounted votes (42.6 percent) of any county in the state, with Sutter County a distant second at 33.9 percent and third place Riverside County at 33.3 percent.
Hurry it up, guys. When I have complete results, I'll post lists of the counties with the biggest swings toward Obama or McCain, the biggest increases in turnout, etc. Right now I've got Mendocino tagged as having the fourth-sharpest drop in voter participation in the nation (down 40 percent), and I knew that couldn't be right, as that county wasn't wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.