Election questions answered: When will your vote be counted?

VIDEO: Election questions answered: When will your vote be counted?

Supervisors of elections are battling more misinformation this year than ever before.

Officials said they’re answering questions about false memes and posts on social media every day.

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Channel 9′s Deanna Allbrittin looked into what questions they’re getting the most and setting the record straight about a various issues voters are asking about.

One question being asked: When do officials begin counting votes?

It depends on the three methods: Vote-by-mail, early voting and Election Day. Counties begin processing the first two well before Election Day.

Mail-in ballots are typically the first to be processed and counted. State law allows counties to start opening envelopes as early as the 22nd day before Election Day.

An emergency order due from Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed counties to start earlier due to the expected high volume of mail-in ballots due to the pandemic, but no Central Florida counties did.

Early and vote-by-mail counts will be released on election night, the same day in-person votes start rolling in from the precincts.

Because in-person votes are expected to be such a small percentage of the total, the outcome of at least two-thirds or more of all votes should be known at 7 p.m., when the polls close.