Calm your nerves with this behind-the-scenes look at the journey your ballot takes to be counted

    Ballots await counting at the Jefferson County Elections building on Oct. 21, 2020. (Eli Imadali for Colorado Newsline)

    As of 4 p.m. on Monday, 2,765,244 ballots have been returned in Colorado.

    Election results will start pouring in at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but it will be hours or even days before some races are called. To calm your nerves, check out this story with a behind-the-scenes look at the journey your ballot takes to be counted.

    Pam Anderson, the executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, said that the election procedures and security protocols across the state are consistent, with minor differences depending on the size of the county.

    “It’s dictated by statute, and by secretary of state rules,” said Anderson, who served as the Jefferson County Clerk for eight years. “One of the beautiful things about our system is the consistency that we’ve built into it.”