Once Election Day comes to a close what happens to your ballot?

Posted at 8:28 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 11:29:39-05

We've made our voting decisions. We've turned in our ballots. Now what? 23ABC's Kallyn Hobmann has the details on what happens after we vote.

Once Election Day comes to a close what happens to your ballot?

Kern County Chief Communications Officer Megan Person said the elections office first compares the signature on your ballot with the signature from your voter registration to verify your identity.

"Once they've received them, they verify the signature. And that's done electronically and by hand if necessary," said Person. "The ballot is then run through a tabulator to make sure it's all counted and then we will start to see results after the polls close."

An electronic machine that Person said is certified by the California Secretary of State then scans your ballot, documenting what you did and didn't vote for.

"A lot of us used the scantron tests when we were kids that you bubbled in and they always told you to make your marks heavy and dark. It's the same idea," continued Person.

Person says the main reason your vote might not be counted is a mismatched signature.

"And if that's the case, you know, they've reviewed the signatures that they have on file, there's usually multiple people that look at it. And then the voter will be notified that their ballot, that their signature doesn't match, and then they have an opportunity to come and correct that."

Person said you will receive a letter in the mail and you will have eight days to reply and verifying your identity.

With every voter in California having received a mail-in ballot concerns surrounding double-voting are heightened but Person says there is a plan in place.

"If we have two votes, if we have a single voter who votes twice, those are turned over to the district attorney for investigation."

Person says the elections office doesn't have any concerns about the ballot counting process and they look forward to watching the results alongside Kern County.