Election Day ballot journey detailed in Multnomah County

A voter drops her ballot off at a secure Multnomah County drop box.

Election Day is underway, and the record number of early voters will make a difference in the results we see in Multnomah County. Officials already had gathered many ballots and started picking them up again 7 a.m. Tuesday — just the first step on their journey toward being counted for this election.

The room dedicated to verifying ballots and voters' signatures will be running 24/7 to pre-process ballots until the last ballot arrives. This verification process typically takes up until 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the day after the election. But the Multnomah County Elections Director said counting ballots won't begin until Tuesday evening.