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Officials reportedly begin tallying double envelope votes

The Central Elections Committee has begun counting the so-called double envelope absentee ballots, representing the largest chunk of remaining votes, Channel 12 news reports.

Over 450,000 votes were cast this way. Counting them takes more time than normal ballots as it requires checking to be sure the voter did not also vote at their designated polling station. Due to the pandemic, there are more ballots like this than ever.

The votes are numerous enough to move over 10 seats, though they are expected to be distributed somewhat evenly and will thus not have a major effect on the outcome unless there are surprises.

In addition, the committee is continuing work to recheck some 100,000 regular votes that were improperly reported.

Final results are not expected until Friday morning.

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