ELECTION 2016 Why counting ballots can last into the night (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
by Mark Niesse
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 7, 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 altogether.
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 Election Systems at Kennesaw State University. "If the voters know the results before they go to bed, it's been a good election."
Millions of Georgians will go to the polls Tuesday to vote for the nation's president and local officials, and on various initiatives and constitutional questions. ...
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