Mark, Verify, Scan

This year, the Election Office will be deploying new ballot scanners to in-person voting locations. The new equipment will help the Election Office appropriately distance voting machines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while also allowing hand-marked paper ballots to be scanned along with touchscreen paper ballots for the first time.

Signage will be posted at every in-person voting location to help voters navigate the new voting process quickly and safely. It’s an easy three-step process: mark, verify, and scan.

  1. 1. Mark: You’ll be given the option of hand-marking a paper ballot or using a touchscreen voting machine to mark a paper ballot. If you choose a hand-marked paper ballot, you’ll be directed to a voting booth. If you choose a touchscreen paper ballot, you’ll be directed to a voting machine.
  1. 2. Verify: You’ll take your hand-marked or touchscreen paper ballot to the new ballot scanner. On the way, you’re encouraged to review your ballot to verify it has been marked correctly.
  1. 3. Scan: You’ll insert your ballot in the new ballot scanner to be counted and stored securely before receiving your “I Voted” sticker. If you leave your polling location with your ballot in your hand, your votes have not been counted.