Amid criticism of delayed results during the Burbank primary election in February, during which final numbers weren’t announced until roughly 12:45 a.m., city officials say they have plans to release initial results earlier in the evening for the April 9 general election.
During the February primary, officials collected roughly 1,500 ballots in the last three hours before the ballot drop-off centers closed at 7 p.m.
And before officials started counting any of the 9,811 votes — including the more than 8,000 that were already turned in and validated — they waited to validate the signatures on the later ballots, thus delaying the overall results, said Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins.
During the April 9 general election, officials will conduct two counts, with the first including all ballots processed as of 5 p.m. Initial results are projected to be released by 8 p.m.
For the primary, initial results didn’t start coming in until after 10 p.m.