Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur says the public is invited to observe the vote-counting process in the upcoming election, Nov. 6.

Vote-counting and other processing will take place at the Napa County Election Division, 900 Coombs St., Room 256.

A variety of activities will take place before and after Election Day.

Logic and accuracy testing of electronic voting machines for disabled voters and optical scan readers for all paper ballots will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.

Vote-by-mail ballot processing will begin Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and may continue Nov. 2 and 3 if necessary. Counting of ballots received by noon on Nov. 3 will begin the next day at 9 a.m. and continue through Nov. 6. Results from processed vote-by-mail ballots will be released shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Day. Counting will resume after the polls close at 8 p.m. and will continue until all polling place ballots are counted.

Processing of vote-by-mail ballots received after noon on Nov. 3 through 8 p.m. on Election Day will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and continue through Friday, Nov. 16, except for Monday, Nov. 12, when the office will be closed for Veterans Day.

Counting of vote-by-mail ballots processed after the election will be done on Monday, Nov. 19.

A state-mandated hand tally of 1 percent of precincts, selected at random, will be conducted Nov. 20.

On Election Day itself, observers are welcome at any the 19 county polling places, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Observers can obtain a list of polling places by contacting the office.

All results must be tallied and certified as final by Dec. 4.

While all events are public and open, observers need to register and receive a credential. Call the election office at least 24 hours in advance at 253-4321 or toll free at 888-494-8356, or send an email to elections@countyofnapa.org.

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