A behind the scenes look at the life of a mail-in ballot

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The countdown continues to Election Day. Five days remain until ballots must be in the hands of the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder. Mail-in ballots have made voting quick and easy, but what happens after you drop your yellow envelope in the mail?

The life of a ballot isn't so short and sweet. Once votes arrive to the Mesa County Elections offices they're counted and verified

Next the ballot will be opened, tabulated and checked for errors. This is all part of a process that many Mesa County voters will not have a chance to see.

“We understand that people’s passions are in elections and politics and we are right there with them,” said Mesa County Interim Elections Director Amanda Hilgenfeld. “We strive to have open, honest, fair, and well-recorded elections.”

During every election a logic and accuracy test is performed before and after Election Day to ensure 100 percent accuracy.

As of Tuesday nearly 33 percent of mesa county voters have turned in a mail-in ballot.

“We know the turnout is going to be higher than we’ve seen in past gubernatorial elections,” said Hilgenfeld. “We hope to see 60-65% of voter turnout.”

Postal service officials recommend that if you are choosing to mail in your ballot make sure to have it in by Friday to ensure that it is received on time.

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