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By Lou Marzeles

The painstaking task of processing ballots


November 14, 2018

Lou Marzeles

OPENING & SORTING: Each yellow ballot envelope is opened: the pink envelope is removed. the yellow envelope is set aside. Signature are individually checked against voter registration signatures on record to authenticate the voter.

The Klickitat County Assessor's office expends extraordinary time and effort to process the ballots each election. The procedure is summarized here. The top photo shows volunteers opening each envelope by hand; they open them as they come in, but tabulating results can't start before 8 p.m. on Election Day. The next picture shows a correction to a vote, but the line goes through the bar code, which necessitates it being corrected by hand. Next, the sole scanner in the county runs the ballots through and processes the votes. A computer then checks the ballots for overvotes, undervotes, damaged content, and write-ins-and every write-in must be typed in manually, an enormously time-consuming...

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