Even with electronic voting, counting ballots lasts into the night (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Michael Barnes, director for The Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, discusses the process of transferring votes to the Georgia Election Management System (GEMS) on Oct. 20. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

By Mark Niesse - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 3, 2016) — Slide in the plastic yellow card. Tap candidate names on the screen. Click “cast ballot.” Collect your “I’m a Georgia voter” sticker.

Voting is fast. Counting ballots can be another story all together.

In the age of electronic voting machines, why aren’t ballots always counted at lightning speed?

It’s because some of the votes — absentee ballots — are counted by hand, and even digital ballots must be delivered in-person to central election offices.

“Even though it’s on electronic ballots, you still have to go through the process of checks and balances,” said Michael Barnes, director for The Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University. “If the voters know the results before they go to bed, it’s been a good election.”

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu