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The Exciting Life Of A Snail-Mail Ballot -- And The Weary Workers Who Gut Them

Ballots are counted in Norwalk on November 7, 2018 (Photo by Emily Dugdale)
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Some races have already been called. But at the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder office in Norwalk, a small army of weary workers are sifting through the thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots that still have to be verified and processed.

We took a trip to HQ to check out the ballot counting process. A spokesperson said they have 30 days to verify the numbers. Dean Logan, the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk told us, "California has a very long post-election canvas period, but that's to facilitate making sure every valid vote gets counted before you certify those results."

"Oftentimes people say, well how can it be that they've called the winner in that congressional seat when you're still counting the vote. From an official standpoint, those results aren't certified until we finish the count."

Here's what Democracy looks like, one envelope at a time.

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