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 use 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.
A blank ballot card is inserted into the ExpressVote and your precinct-specific information is entered. The ExpressVote will display your ballot, and you vote by pressing your selections. When you decide you are done, the ExpressVote will print a completed ballot, listing all your selections. Simply review your ballot and submit your ballot in the next step.
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 polling places.
The ExpressVote machine prints your selections on a paper ballot that is inserted into the DS200 voting machine. In addition to maintaining all paper ballots, we also perform 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, or have some concerns about the procedure, 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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