Trained county board staff review each executed container-return envelope the office receives to determine if there are any deficiencies. The initial review is conducted by staff to expedite the processing of the envelopes.
If the required fields (voter signature, witness signature/address or notary information) are completed on the envelope, the ballot is tentatively approved and held until the next board meeting when the board will officially approve the ballot. The ballots are then opened and scanned into a tabulator. Once scanned, the ballots are sealed in locked security bins. The results from the scanned ballots are not known until the scanner is closed on election day. Ballots are secret by law and others will not know who you voted for.