Vote tabulation

Vote tabulation is the counting of the ballots cast at the polling places on Election Day and those cast in person or by mail prior to Election Day; determining whether and how to count ballots that cannot be read by the vote-counting equipment; certifying the final vote counts; and performing recounts, if required.

Source: ELECTIONS: The Nation’s Evolving Election System as Reflected in the November 2004 General Election, U.S. Government Accountability Office,