Absentee Ballots are *always* counted in California, and you can hand-deliver her voted absentee ballot if you'd like to ensure that it gets there faster. Absentee ballots are generally counted as soon as polls. If your concerned you should call your local election official and ask for more details. You can find contact information for your local election official at the link below. They'll tell you exactly when the ballots are counted and let you know all your options for returning them.