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3 weeks ago

BPro Inc

With so many election questions out there, BPro would like to provide some information from our company's 10+ years of helping state and local election officials conduct safe, secure elections.

What is the difference between unofficial election results and the official canvass of election results?

On Election Night (and the days that follow), results are posted as ballots are counted by state and local election officials. This includes counting Election Day ballots, absentee/vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots, and UOCAVA (military/overseas voters) ballots. This first set of results is considered unofficial.

The canvass is the official tally of votes for an election. The purpose of the canvass is to account for every ballot cast and ensure that every valid vote cast is included in the election totals. The canvass accounts for every ballot cast on Election Day, every on-time absentee/vote-by-mail ballot, every accepted provisional ballot, and every on-time overseas and military absentee ballot.

For a list of all state canvass dates for 2020:
ballotpedia.org/Election_results_certification_dates,_2020
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4 weeks ago

BPro Inc

With so many election questions out there, BPro would like to provide some information from our company's 10+ years of helping state and local election officials conduct safe, secure elections.

Why are they hand counting ballots?

Most ballots are counted by a tabulation scanner, but some ballots can't be read by the machine. There are numerous reasons this happens, from a voter spilling coffee on their ballot to the ballot being folded wrong or torn, to the scanner not being able to read the ink from the voter's pen. To ensure an accurate count, every hand counted ballot must be counted by a team of election officials that includes one Democrat and one Republican. All hand counted ballots are preserved and the vote totals are added to the total votes from the machines for a final vote count.

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4 weeks ago

BPro Inc

With so many election questions out there, BPro would like to provide some information from our company's 10+ years of helping state and local election officials conduct safe, secure elections.

What's the difference between absentee and vote-by-mail ballots?

If you're confused by the two terms, you're not alone. Generally speaking, vote-by-mail is a term used by states that have a permanent option to receive and return your ballot in the mail. In some states, every voter receives a ballot in the mail while in others, voters can request to be on a vote-by-mail list indefinitely, for a set amount of time, or even for certains parts of the year (i.e. snowbirds).

An absentee vote is a vote cast outside of the voting booth, traditionally for very specific and limited reasons. Every voter must request an absentee ballot to receive one in the mail and some states require you to provide the reason you are requesting an absentee ballot. There's been some version of absentee voting by mail since the Civil War, when troops voting from the battlefield helped Abraham Lincoln win reelection.

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4 weeks ago

BPro Inc

With so many election questions out there, BPro would like to provide some information from our company's 10+ years of helping state and local election officials conduct safe, secure elections.

How do election officials verify absentee ballots were returned by the correct voter?

In the 2020 election, a record number of voters voted by mail. In order to ensure every ballot was returned by the voter, election officials compare the signature on the ballot return envelope with signatures on file in their voter registration system. This typically includes the voter's signature from the DMV, but systems also capture an image of other voter signatures that are returned to the elections office. This provides election officials with multiple signatures to compare to the signature on the returned absentee ballot. Only after the signature on the outer envelope is verified, the outer envelope is removed so that the voter's ballot selections are kept private and the ballot is queued up to be counted.

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Glad to see the explanation, some think voting by mail is not verified.

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