FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Yolanda Jimenez casts her mail-in ballot in at the voting center at the California Museum in Sacramento, Calif. In California, the election doesn't always stop on Election Day and this year, in a string of closely contested U.S. House races, it was only the beginning. A stunning 5 million ballots were counted in the state after the election ended on Nov. 6, some not until several weeks later. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

GOP suspicion after Democratic sweep in California

December 01, 2018 - 2:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A combination of recent changes in California's election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and, some Republicans believe, disadvantaged their party.

A stunning 5 million ballots — more than 40 percent of the overall total — were counted after Nov. 6. In many places, Democrats got a significantly larger portion of the late votes than those counted on Election Day.

Those later votes helped Democrats capture a string of GOP-held U.S. House seats.

The Democratic legislature approved changes allowing any mail-in ballot postmarked by Election Day to be counted up to three business days later.

Another provision allows voters to let anyone drop off their absentee ballots, rather than a family member as previously required. That has opened the door to so-called "ballot harvesting" by campaign operatives.

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