Voting The Ballot

  • To cast a ballot, the voter should:
    • Enter a voting booth
    • Mark his/her ballot according to the voting instructions and not mark the ballot in any other way
    • Deposit the ballot in the ballot box or optical scanner, and
    • Immediately depart the polling site

  • If the voter requests assistance:
    • He/she shall be directed to a voting machine equipped for use by persons with disabilities and vote without assistance, or
    • He/she may be assisted by two (2) election officials in marking his/her ballot (one election official to assist the voter and one to observe without comment or interpretation), or
    • He/she may be assisted without comment or interpretation by any person selected by the voter, but in no case, is any person permitted to carry a ballot outside of the polling room, and
    • Election officials shall make and maintain a list of names of all persons assisting disabled voters

  • If the voter spoils his/her ballot,
    • He/she must return the ballot to the election official, o the election official will cancel the spoiled ballot by writing “CANCELLED” on the face of the ballot and initialing the ballot
    • The election official will place the spoiled ballot in an envelope marked “Spoiled Ballots”
    • The voter must sign the “Spoiled Ballot Affidavit”
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    • The election official will provide the voter with another ballot not to exceed three (3) ballots in all, and
    • The election official will preserve the spoiled ballots separately from other ballots for return to the county board of election commissioners