Chart of Ballot FlowChart for my own Whatcom County, which now uses all-VBM (Vote-By-Mail) with central-count scanners and counting software.
This is a general illustration of how the ballots flow - from their preparation to mailing, the actual voting, then their return, verification and processing.
We also have done a regular random-sampling and hand-counted verification of a portion of the ballots, as a double-check of the machine counting.
Only when the two counts match is the election certified.
Since there are no PollSites, the County installed a curbside Ballot Drop-Box, for the convenience of voters who were in town with their ballots.
(click on reduced image below,
to see REVISED, vertical full-scale Ballot-Flow chart - JPG: 194KB.)
(Nobody said it was simple)
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