How are election results verified?

Voting equipment is given logic and accuracy tests against a known set of marked ballots to ensure tabulators are counting ballots correctly. Post-election audits also ensure votes are counted correctly and procedures associated with transporting and securing ballots were followed throughout the election process.  On election night, there are multiple sources of election results. Election data are reported by local jurisdictions, typically precinct by precinct, and these data are then uploaded to the county and state’s election reporting systems.  This distributed system provides an archive of the results in addition to the hard copy, paper ballots in secure storage.  If there is a problem with the reporting system, these archived copies can be used as backup.

After Election Day, each election jurisdiction engages in a canvassing process, where the entire election is reviewed.  This canvass ensures that the number of voters recorded as having voted coincides with the number of ballots cast.

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1. What if I have questions about the Presidential Primary Election?
2. When may I register to vote?
3. Do I have to register for each election?
4. Where can I register to vote?
5. May I register to vote by mail?
6. Can I vote by absentee ballot?
7. Can you automatically mail me a ballot for each election?
8. May I pick up an absentee ballot for my spouse?
9. I have power of attorney for my family member, can I pick up an absentee ballot for him/her?
10. How do I get to vote absentee in every election?
11. How can I be added to the Permanent Absentee Application List?
12. I’m on the permanent list, why didn’t I receive a ballot?
13. If I am on the list or receive an absentee ballot do I have to vote absentee?
14. Where can I drop off my voted Absentee Ballot?
15. What more can you tell me about the voting machines?
16. How is by mail voting (i.e. "absentee ballot voting") kept secure?
17. How do I know election security procedures are being followed?
18. How are election results verified?
19. Do I have to be a registered Republican or Democrat to participate in Michigan’s Presidential Primary?
20. Why do I have to select a party ballot for the Presidential Primary?
21. What is the difference between an Open Primary and a Closed Primary?
22. When I select a party ballot for the Presidential Primary, does that mean I have to vote in the same party primary in August?
23. What does an “uncommitted” vote mean for the Presidential Primary?
24. I already voted my Presidential Primary absentee ballot and returned it to the Clerk's Office, but the candidate I voted for has since suspended his/her campaign. Can I change my vote?