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What does "post early returns" mean in the following passage?

Election officials were counting the ballots by hand after abandoning the electronic tabulation system that had posted early returns, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

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    Have you checked a dictionary? (Note that returns is a plural noun).
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 14 at 11:59
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Returns are the results of voting in an election.

2. a statement of the votes counted at an election or poll

Early returns show Bulgaria's opposition party may have won.

Officials haven’t finished counting the returns yet.

And there was an electronic tabulation system that had posted them (and which was abandoned).

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