State law prohibits local boards of election from counting provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots until 10 days after the election. The time allows provisional voters to provide missing information or absentee voters to correct mistakes made on the identification envelope. A race could be in limbo until May 17 if the number of outstanding ballots to be counted exceeds the margin of victory.
If those votes add up to the issue being rejected by less than one-half of one-percent, an automatic recount will take place, according to Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac. He said there about 70 provisional ballots and 28 absentee ballots for the entire county.