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The archaic way California reports election night results fuels suspicions of fraud, critics charge

The morning after the Nov. 6 congressional midterm election in California, state, county and media websites reported that 100 percent of precincts had turned in their results.

It was highly misleading: The final tally, released Friday, showed that a staggering 5.2 million of the 12.1 million ballots cast - 43 percent - remained uncounted that morning. Most of the outstanding votes were from mail ballots.

The website charts listing results from "100 percent" of the

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