When and How Are Ballots Counted?
The Elections Department processes ballots as they are returned, either by mail or in drop boxes. The first step is signature verification. We then open envelopes, remove ballots, and unfold them so they are ready to run through the counting equipment. Ballots counted by Election Day will be the first results posted shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Ballots received less than four days before the election, on Election Day, or in the grace period following the election will be counted after the election. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by seven days after the election to be counted. The ballot return envelope must be signed and match the signature on file to avoid delays in processing. The Elections Department will mail a letter to voters giving them the opportunity to fix a signature problem.