10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, June 5, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

A count of most ballots in Riverside’s mail-only City Council election will be released shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, with remaining ballots to be counted Wednesday, officials said.

Council seats in wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election Tuesday.

Because the election ballots must be received by 8 p.m. election day, City Clerk Colleen Nicol said anyone who hasn’t yet mailed their ballot must now take it to one of six drop-off locations around the city.

Drop-off boxes are at the Ruth H. Lewis, Renck, Janet Goeske and La Sierra community centers, at City Hall and the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office.

As of Friday, officials were reporting voter participation ranging from about 17 to 24 percent in the four wards.

Rebecca Spencer, the county’s chief deputy registrar, said all ballots received by 4 p.m. election day will be counted and the results given out soon after polls close at 8 p.m.

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