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Counting votes after ballots are cast

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When the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on election night, it's all hands on deck to get the ballots counted.

On election Tuesday there will be thousands of votes counted.

Counters hope to start reporting early numbers within the first 30 minutes.

"On election day there will be a ballot box like you see here. Be it paper or the electronic device, it'll print out a paper, They'll come over and hand it to an election judge. They'll insert it into the box. As it goes into the tabulator it's already calculating the ballot," said Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman.

Votes that were cast early whether in-person or through the mail are being entered into the system as we speak.

"The goal is to get all those processed so when we close at 7 o'clock on election night we can upload the vote-by-mail ballots we got back and we can start uploading the early voting sites besides our office." said Thomas Bride, the Executive Director of Peoria County Election Commission.

All the information is stored in a chip and when polls closed that data will be uploaded.

Through-out the rest of the night polling locations' data will be uploaded as precincts report in.

It's hard to say at what time a winner for each race can be called.

Election leaders said typically the local levels are called first, then regional, and then national levels like the president follow.

Alex Menke

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