‘A Big Clean Up’: County Registrar Begins Post-Election Work

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Have you ever wondered what happens after you cast your vote?

Voting may be over and a lot of the results may already be in, but the work at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Election’s Office is far from over.

"There is a lot that happens... as we stagger back in, because it was a very long night," Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, Jill LaVine said.

LaVine said said she barely got any sleep on election night. Wednesday morning, her work began before the sunrise.

After taking down signs and locking up drop off boxes, her team processes all the ballots that came in from the county’s 548 polling places.

Does each envelope have a signature? Are they all bubbled in, using the correct ink?

"A clean up. A big clean up, and by law we have 28 days to get it done," LaVine said.

Then comes another grueling task.

Workers will have to hand count the ballots from six random polling locations to double check if the results match what the machines calculated.

Then it's time to open the doors.

"Observers are welcome to come in. This is an open and transparent process," LaVine said.

On the day after the election, it is tradition for local party officials and campaign managers of close races, to stop by theregistrar's office.

We saw representatives from Ami Bera and Scott Jones' tight Congressional District 7 race monitor the counter early Wednesday morning. LaVine said she is confident with all of the work her office does, that the system worked.

"It's been a long night. Actually, it's been a long month. So we're grateful that we're at this point," LaVine said.