Riverside County officials have postponed certification of the June 8 primary election results until they decide what, if anything, can be done about some 12,500 mail-in ballots that arrived a day late after being forwarded from one post office to another.
With several close races possibly in the balance, activists have been putting pressure on elections officials to count the 12,563 ballots, which were collected the day after the election, and are planning legal action.
"Our main concern is that people's votes should be counted, so we decided to take the lead on this," Nina Ramos Hiers, president of the Democratic Club of Moreno Valley, said Thursday. "But it's really a nonpartisan thing."
Hiers added that the club has retained Los Angeles-based attorney Fredric Woocher, an elections expert, and is asking voters who believe their ballots may be among those in the disputed group to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.