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  •  At least in personal experience (7+ / 0-)

    There are other things that need to be completed.  (I am a poll worker in Massachusetts.)  What usually takes the most time in our precinct is balancing the books, that is, making sure the same people signed in and signed out and that number matches the ballot count.  We need to complete this before we can run the tape from the optical scan machine and report results.

    Obviously details will vary from place to place, but it's an example of why it's more than just phoning a number back to the city office.

    •  Similar where I live (3+ / 0-)
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      Marcus Graly, atdnext, MichaelNY

      I'm a precinct captain for the local Democratic committee and I've "closed" my polling place the past couple years, watching the poll workers do their jobs to make sure the counts are right and then call in results to the county Democrats.

      There is much to do before any counting is done, they have to make sure they get everything right at every step in shutting down machines, printing out results from them, making sure they keep everything straight along the way.

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:21:43 AM PST

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