Here’s what you need to know about how IndyVOTES works, and how the process has been designed to be safe and secure.
When you vote, you’ll first interact with the Poll Pad, or electronic pollbook. The Poll Pad is an iPad used by poll workers to verify your ID and locate your voter record. This is the ONLY piece of equipment in the Vote Center that has limited internet access.
Voters insert a blank ballot card into an ExpressVote, which reads the barcode printed on the ballot during check-in. The ExpressVote will pull up the correct ballot that corresponds to your address/precinct. Mark your candidate choices using the touchscreen. When finished, select
“Print” and ExpressVote will print an easy-to-read, completed ballot for you to review for accuracy.
Finally, you will take your completed ballot and feed it into the DS200 machine. The counter on the screen will confirm your ballot has been received. If this equipment looks familiar, it’s because it has been used securely for years at Marion County Vote Centers.
The ExpressVote machine prints your selections on a paper ballot that is inserted into the DS200. In addition to maintaining all paper ballots, the Marion County Election Board performs a process called a Risk Limiting Audit to verify the accuracy of the election results.
When your ballot is printed by the ExpressVote, check your selections carefully. If you find a discrepancy (or even if you just change your mind) you can “spoil” your ballot by taking it to a poll worker. They will nullify that ballot and assist you in getting a new one.
If you are confused about any step of the voting process, don’t hesitate to talk to a poll worker. They’ve been thoroughly trained on all the equipment and can address any concerns.
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