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See how ballots are processed by watching our live election cams.

Sorting, opening, and scanning ballots do not happen every day or at all hours of the day. If we are not currently processing ballots, our virtual tour video will give you an idea of what we do.

Election Service Center

The Election Service Center (ESC) offers voters “in person” staff assistance and is designed to handle large volumes of visitors. The ESC provides accessible voting on touch-screen units (no paper ballots are issued).

Staff working at these stations during an election also perform regular administration duties in between serving voters who visit the center. If there is no live stream or no activity, please check back again at another time or day.

Sorting

When ballots are delivered to King County Elections, the signature on each envelope is scanned by Pitney Bowes machines to more efficiently facilitate the signature verification process. Ballots are then sorted by legislative district.

Sorting does not happen every day, or at all hours. If there is no live stream or no activity in the ballot sorting area, please check back again at another time or day.

Opening

Ballots are opened and inspected once the voter’s signature on the return envelope has been verified. After opening, ballots are routed to additional steps of processing.

Ballot opening does not happen every day, or at all hours. If there is no live stream or no activity in the opening area, please check back again at another time or day.

Scanning

Ballots are processed and scanned throughout the election. The scanned ballot data is first tabulated and the first results are released on Election Night after 8:00 p.m. Ballots continue to be scanned and results are updated until the election is certified.

Scanning does not happen every day, or at all hours. If there is no live stream or no activity in the scanning area, please check back again at another time or day.

These webcams are a service provided by King County Elections and are subject to change without notice.

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