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Posted: Nov 2, 2010 6:38 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Nov 2, 2010 6:38 PM
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BATON ROUGE - You've done your part by voting, and now it will be up to the Clerk of Court's Office to make sure your ballot gets counted. It's a process that starts when the polls close.

More that 300 commissioners are responsible for collecting memory cards from the voting machines and delivering them to the Clerk of Court's Office. The memory cards contain your electronic ballots.

The memory cards are loaded, one-by-one, on a set of five computers. Then, the results are transmitted back to the Secretary of State's computers. If the electronic system fails, there is a backup.

"In case a laptop can't read a cartridge from a machine, we have the tape that the machine prints out with vote totals on it," said Jaques Berry, Press Secretary for the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.

The electronic system is considered the most efficient way to count the ballots.

"A lot of hands had to be involved. Now, it's just all done electronically so it's more technical and easier for people to do," said Larry Coleman, Commissioner in Charge.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Stay with News 2 tonight to track election results.

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