With ballot tabulations being finalized and election results certified, the 2022 midterm election is ending, bringing weeks, even months, of commentary and speculation to an end. As many set their sights on the remaining months in Congress and to what 2023 will look like in Washington, D.C., it’s worth taking time to think more deeply about the system that holds up our entire democracy — Americans’ ability to cast their ballots.
Every election year, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians fill out their ballots and participate in the world’s greatest democratically elected constitutional republic. And while it’s usually easy to vote on Election Day at your early voting location — or if you’re out of town or deployed, to fill out your absentee ballot — the system that ensures every vote is counted in a timely and efficient manner is far more complicated. There are many individuals involved in the process along with various systems.