Election Day and Beyond: What to expect from Election Day through Certification of the Election
Election Day – Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Polls are open 6:30 am until 7:30 pm
Voters should go to their assigned polling place to vote. Find yours using the Voter Lookup Tool.
Curious about election day turnout? On election day, each precinct reports the total number of voters that have checked in at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and at the close of polls. Those numbers are shared as we receive them.
Unofficial Election Results
Unofficial election results will be posted on the state’s website election night. One-stop and absentee results will be released when the polls close. Election day results will be uploaded periodically throughout the evening as they arrive at the Board of Elections office.
Election Day Meeting
The board will meet at 5:00 pm for the election day meeting. During this meeting the absentee and one-stop early voting results will be tabulated. Be mindful that the results will not be released until the polls are closed. This is a public meeting and will be live streamed via Zoom.
After Election Day
Sample Audit Count
We will conduct a sample audit count of two precincts on Thursday, November 10, at 9:00 am in the Board of Elections office. The sample audit is a public meeting and will be live streamed via Zoom.
What is a sample audit count?
The sample audit count is a test to ensure voting equipment reads the voter’s choices accurately. It compares the machine counts with hand-to-eye counts conducted by election officials in randomly selected voting sites. The sample audit count is open to the public and is completed before canvass.
The hand-to-eye counts required for this process are not recounts, although they are similar processes.
The day after the election, the State Board of Elections informs each county of their assigned contest and the two randomly selected samples (Election Day precinct, one-stop site, or absentee by mail ballots) to audit.
For a presidential election, the contest audited is always the presidential contest.
Selected ballots are hand-counted by a bipartisan team of trained volunteers. The hand-counted results are compared to the tabulated results and any variances are noted. Permitted variances include the following situations:
- The write-in rectangle was not filled in, but a candidate’s name was written in, or
- The machine did not count a choice that was represented by check marks or Xs or that was poorly shaded. The county sends the machine counts and hand counts to the state along with an explanation of any discrepancies.
Following election day, our staff works to research the eligibility of voters who cast provisional ballots. These findings are presented to the board for consideration during the pre-canvass meeting.
Absentee ballots that are postmarked by election day and received in the office by Monday, November 14, are eligible to be counted. These ballots will be considered during the pre-canvass meeting.
Pre-Canvass and Canvass Meetings
A pre-canvass meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17. At this meeting the board will consider absentee ballots received on or after election day as well as provisional ballots.
Canvass will be held on Friday, November 18. It is during this meeting that OFFICIAL election results will be released.
Both of these meetings are open to the public and will be live streamed via Zoom.