Why are the results unofficial on election night?

We receive and post the results from the voting machine only, on election night. The results are unofficial until we count the absentee ballots, valid affidavit ballots, un-scanned emergency ballots, and any write-ins. Once we have the totals for all votes we will post the official election results.

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1. What are the hours for voting on Election Day?
2. Can anyone vote in the General Election?
3. Can I vote in a Primary Election?
4. What is a Primary Election?
5. Where do I go to vote?
6. Am I registered to vote?
7. When I vote in the General Election do I have to vote for the party I am registered in?
8. How do I change my party?
9. I changed my party, why am I still listed as...?
10. Is it important to know my voting district?
11. My mother moved out of the county. Can you take her off the list?
12. I moved. Can I tell you my new address over the phone?
13. I'm disabled. Where can I vote?
14. I was convicted of a felony. Can I vote?
15. I recently moved to Steuben County. Does my voter registration follow me?
16. Do I need to let the post office know I moved?
17. If I add or drop a PO Box do I need to let you know?
18. Why does my son or daughter's name still appear in the poll book?
19. Why does my deceased neighbor's name still appear in the poll book?
20. Do I need to show ID when I vote?
21. Why do I receive this blue card in the mail every March?
22. Why did I have to vote by affidavit when I went to vote?
23. How do I vote if I go away to college?
24. How do I vote if I am in the Military?
25. How do I vote if I am living overseas?
26. Does Steuben County's Board of Election run village elections?
27. Does Steuben County's Board of Election run school elections?
28. Why are the results unofficial on election night?
29. Do absentee ballots get counted?
30. Where can I find election night results?
31. Where can I find past election results?
32. What do I do if I want to run for an office?
33. Do I have to file Campaign Finance paperwork if I run for an office?
34. How do I register for an absentee ballot to vote in my village election?
35. How do I register for an absentee ballot to vote in my school election?
36. Do I have to file Campaign Finance paperwork if I run for a Village Office?