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County invites public to NEW Election Equipment Open House

Post Date:07/26/2018 4:15 PM

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Beginning in 2018 election cycle all Yuma County residents will be casting ballots into new ballot equipment on Election Day. The Yuma County Elections Office will hold an Election Equipment Open House, 9 am – 5 pm, August 1 – 10 at their Historic Downtown Yuma location, 197 S. Main Street.

The ExpressVote system will replace the previous voting system used since 2006. Voters will notice little difference in the voting experience as they will still vote using a touch screen or paper ballots and casting them into a ballot counter.

The ExpressVote Universal Voting System uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper-based record for tabulation. The equipment handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for voter mark interpretation. Voters utilize the touch screen to mark their vote selections, receiving a verifiable paper vote record upon completion. Used in early vote centers and on Election Day in vote centers, the ExpressVote can serve every eligible voter, including those with special needs.

As always, voters using paper ballots should always fully fill in the box. For best results, voters should use a blue or back ballpoint pen to ensure the vote is counted properly. We suggest not using other colors or felt tip pens.

On the DS200 Precinct Scanner and Tabulator, a screen will alert the voter that the ballot counter is ready to accept their ballot and direct them where to insert their ballot. It takes less than 5 seconds for the ballot counter to scan and accept the ballot. Voters should wait at the ballot counter until the screen indicates that their ballot has been accepted. If there is an error on the ballot, the ballot counter will alert the voter of the error and which affords the voter the opportunity to get a new ballot and correct the errors.

The other change that voters will encounter on Election Day will be the use of electronic Poll Books. The KnowInk Poll Pad solution will replace paper rosters for voter sign-in and for Election Day Registrations. The Poll Pad allows for seamless voter check-in and verifications that should dramatically reduce wait times for voters. This will help to streamline the sign-in process.

For more information about the new voting system, you may contact the Yuma County Elections Office at (928) 373-1014.

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