What happens to your ballot after Election Day?

What happens to your ballot after Election Day?

After submitting your ballot on Election Day, you probably don’t think about it again.

Once you turn in your ballot, either in person or by mail, it is counted.

In some cases, it may be counted again or reviewed during an audit.

After this phase, it is stored with other forms or records from election day, in a secure room.

If not needed for an audit, your ballot will remain in a secure area for nearly 2 years (22 months) under federal law.

It gives election officials the opportunity to better focus their time on the next step in the ballot’s life cycle: destruction.

After the 22-month period has passed, local election officials can destroy the ballots.

While electronic records are maintained, the physical ballots are disposed of.