Processing Vote by Mail Ballots
Watch the video and read below to learn what happens once your voted ballot is sent in.
Once vote-by-mail ballots are returned by mail, by drop-box, or vote center it goes through a series of steps:
- The ballots are run through a ballot sorting machine that reads the barcode on the outside of the yellow ballot return envelope that is connected to the voter and credits that ballot as returned.
- Election staff do a visual comparison between the voter’s signature on the return envelope and their voter registration.
- If it is determined a match, the ballot is flagged as “Good” and it is ready for the next step in the process.
- If it is not a match or missing a signature, the ballot is flagged as “Challenged” and the voter is sent a letter to correct their signature.
- Ballots are run through the sorter again, the sorter:
- Sorts the ballots by “Good” and “Challenged”.
- Sorts the “Good” ballots by precinct.
- Slices open the “Good” ballots for removal.
- “Good” ballots are confidentially removed from the return envelope by election staff and prepared for counting.
- The “Good” ballots are then run through the tabulator machine that counts the votes to be included in the election results.