Election Day is Over. What's Next?
Nov 09, 2011
The election results we see, hear and read about on election night are not the final results. In fact, these are known as “unofficial” results. The outcome of the election is not official until election officials complete the canvass of votes and certification of results, which sometimes may be several weeks after Election Day. The purpose of the canvass is to account for every ballot cast and to ensure that each valid vote is included in the official results before certifying the election.
Remember, post election procedures vary, so be sure to contact your state for more information. Many election officials use social media to deliver unofficial election updates. Follow EAC’s election official list on Twitter to get updates.
Learn more about provisional ballots, canvassing and certifying elections, recounts, absentee voting and military and overseas ballots. Visit EAC's Election Resource Library for additional information.
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