Understanding How to Use Voting Machines

Understanding How To Use Voting Machines

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Since early voting started last Thursday in North Carolina, nearly half-a-million people have voted.

In the Triad, the biggest complaint has been long lines. WFMY News 2 has received more than a dozen calls from people who have concerns about how the voting machines work.

WFMY News 2 did a test run and found out there are several steps to make sure who you're voting for is the candidate you really want.

The line to vote at the Old Guilford County Courthouse stretched up and down the hallway and outside Monday afternoon. Once in front of the voting machine, things are moving smoothly, says Board of Elections Director Charlie Collicutt.

"There are people of course who are complaining about having to wait in a line or in Guilford County, about what sites we have chosen to use this week or not use this week. Those are about all the complaints that we are getting," said Charlie Collicutt, Director, Guilford County Board of Elections.

If there is a problem, Collicutt says it's important for voters to tell the poll workers on-site as they are voting.
The workers are trained to handle many issues and to make the process easier, the machines prompt voters on what to do.

"When you do vote, you touch the screen and when you do, you're candidate will light up. It's reflected on the paper, so make sure you look at the paper that is rolling and that your vote is reflected there and as you proceed to the end of the ballot, you'll get to a review screen where you can see your selections again before you cast your vote," explained Collicutt.

Voters have 3 chances to check their vote. Immediately after making it, by checking the rolling paper and by reviewing their selections.

"If there is any concern at all, that is why [the poll workers] are there, to facilitate the process, to help the voter, that's what they are there for so just utilize them if you need to," said Collicutt.

WFMY News 2 reached out to Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance and Davidson Counties and none have received any complaints about the voting machines.
 

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