As candidates and voters anxiously awaited the outcome of Boston’s preliminary mayoral and City Council elections Tuesday night, everyone soon had the same question on their minds: Where are the results?
At 12:30 a.m., more than four hours after polls closed — and after several candidates had either claimed victory or conceded defeat — political watchers were still whispering internal campaign vote counts as they continued to await results from the city. Less than 1 percent of vote totals had been released.
Meanwhile, three time zones behind Boston, the largest state in the union had already announced the results of a recall election that left Gavin Newsom in office as California’s governor.
City officials said about 7,000 ballots in Boston had been cast by mail or drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday, when polls closed. All ballots would be processed Tuesday night, per state law, and cross-referenced with voter rolls from each polling station, the city Election Department said in a statement.
Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office suggested in a Twitter post that ballots deposited at drop boxes had slowed counts.
“Reminder for those eager for election results tonight — last minute returns of ballots to drop boxes means a later count than past elections,” the Elections Division of Galvin’s office tweeted. “Ballots need to be checked in at City Hall before they can be counted & added to the precinct tallies.”
Galvin and a spokeswoman for his office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday night.
Reminder for those eager for election results tonight — last minute returns of ballots to drop boxes means a later count than past elections. Ballots need to be checked in at City Hall before they can be counted & added to the precinct tallies.
— Mass. Elections (@VotingInMass) September 15, 2021