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May 30, 2024

Chain of Custody

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Ballot security goes beyond locks and cameras. Election officials must be able to prove they were in control of ballots and voting equipment at all times. Strong chain of custody procedures and documentation help support the integrity of the election outcomes and enable election officials to tell the story of how each election was administered successfully.

The practices outlined here help officials mitigate, identify and remedy any potential breaches in ballot security. Chain-of-custody is also essential in establishing that ballots are unaltered for the purpose of recounts and audits.