How to Use the New Voting Machines
The biggest difference between the large old voting machines and
the new portable model is that there are no levers to flip. All
you have to do to vote on the new machine is press a touch pad
to place an 'X' by your selection. When you finish, the old red
lever that opened the curtain has been replaced by a large red "Cast
button, which automatically tallies the votes, and you're finished.
you go to vote on Election Day, the voting machine will look only
slightly different than the old style machine. You will go through
a curtain, and just as in the past, see all the candidates' names
laid out in front of you. Only now the face of the machine ballot
will be identical to the ballot you receive in the mail. When you
vote for a candidate, you will simply press the square button to
the right of the candidates name, and a green 'X' light will come
on to indicate your choice. You can change your selection by pressing
the same box a second time, and the 'X' light will go off. You
will also vote for a Public Question in a similar manner by touching
the box next to the Yes or No for each question.
For a write-in vote, you no longer have to 'pencil' a name in.
Now you will use a keypad located in the bottom center of the machine,
directly beneath the ballot, to type in the person's name. You
will select the button 'Write-In' on the ballot for the office
you want to put the candidates name, and then type in the name
of the person one character at a time.
Once you've completed making your selections, there is one button
that cannot be changed; it is the Red 'CAST VOTE' button, located
at the bottom right of the machine just below the ballot. This
replaces flipping a lever to cast your votes and open the curtain.
The machine will then make a sound and you are finished. You simply
walk out through the curtain.
The new machines can also be adjusted to several different positions
for handicapped individuals.
Always remember to bring with you some form of identification
each time you vote in the event you are 'challenged' at the polls.
If you cannot prove who you are, you will not be permitted to vote.
If you have any further questions, a member of the Elections staff
will be happy to assist you.