Path of the Ballot

Path of the Ballot

Learn about the process by which ballots are collected and counted to ensure vote accuracy, access and security in Washington State.


Discussion Topics:

  • How does the ballot get from the ballot box to be counted?
  • Why are ballots sorted?
  • Why is an audit trail created?
  • What does the county canvassing board do?
  • How does the state ensure your ballot is secure?
  • How does the Voter Registration Database help voter security?
  • What is the role of tabulation computers?
  • Why is it important that the computers in the auditor’s office are not connected to the internet?
  • When does a machine recount happen? When does a manual recount happen?

Resources:

Office of The Citizen Modules linked below:

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