Uncategorized Absentee Ballots Getting Sorted, Counted Ahead of Election Day Elections officials yesterday began the process of opening and counting absentee ballots ahead of election day, this after one million were requested, and more than 924,000 have been returned. Normally, those ballots would not be opened until Tuesday morning. But this year, with the huge crush of absentee ballots, elections officials asked Secretary of State Paul Pate for more time to count them. Election wotkers spent Saturday -and will continue again today- the process of opening the absentee ballots and getting them set to be officially counted starting on Monday. Beginning tomorrow at 7a, workers will be working around the clock to get all the ballots counted by 10pm on election night.