I have a question which I know someone here will be able to answer. We have 3 kinds of voting, absentee, early and voting on election day. I have heard that the absentee ballots are NOT counted until several days after the election has been called. I have no idea if this is the case. Also, are early votes counted with election day votes? Thanks.
In many areas--that is the case. The election officials will hold them and if numerically, there's no way the number of absentees could affect the outcome, then they are not counted. I guess it saves these districts a few bucks--
I don't know about early votes. Absentees are always counted, but usually last.
I am an election judge in Illinois and they told us that all the absentee ballots will be counted in downtown Chicago and will be tabulated before the polls open. In the past, they used to deliver them to the precincts and we counted them before the we totaled our votes at the end of the day. Also, the people that voted early used electronic machines so their votes have been counted already.
By the way, I think the information in this report should remain confidential. Election results can definately be affected by dribbling out results. That is why we voted on Election Day.
Actually absentee votes are not counted at all unless there is a race close enough that they could be a determining factor. For instance if there is a race with a winner having only 200 votes more than the loser and there are 300 absentee votes, then the absentees will be counted. Because there is a possibility that 201 or more of the 300 absentees could be for the losing candidate thereby changing the outcome of the race.
Only if the number of absentee ballots could not change the outcome..
For example if one candidate had 10,000 votes and the other had 9,000 votes and the number of absentee votes is 500 would they call the race. Obviously if all 500 votes went for the candidate with 9,000 votes, the candidate with the 10,000 votes would win 10,000 to 9,500.
If the absentee ballots could cause the leader to change they do not call the race untill the absentee ballots are counted.
as far as I know, in Iowa, Early Voting is the same as absentee, you just do it in person.
they may set up an actual booth differently a few days ahead of NOV 7, but I voted a few weeks ago and there was just a booth where you filled out an absentee ballot that I got from the clerk after filling out papers.