Work not yet over for elections department

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Even though the polls are closed, the elections department has not stopped making sure your vote has been counted correctly.

Workers are verifying vote counts by hand through the post-auditing process.

They are also counting up ballots from military personnel as well as ballots that needed signatures verified.

Sheila Reiner, Mesa County clerk and recorder, said the margins in this year's races were too big to be affected by these leftover votes, but post-auditing is an important step in the entire election process.

"We also just prove our counting is accurate to the two major political parties, which are outside entities from the clerk and recorder office itself," Reiner said. "So it's just a real good safeguard."

Once the ballots have been tallied by hand to verify machine accuracy, they are sent to storage in a warehouse for at least two years. They are then eventually recycled.

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