How To Vote
- Before voting, you should be asked if you wish to have a
- Vote only for the number of candidates indicated under
the title of the office.
- Always feel free to ask how to mark the sample ballot.
- You will be asked your name and your application for ballot will be provided.
- Follow the judge's instruction to complete and sign your
- The application is given to the next set of judges who will
verify your address and signature and mark that you voted.
- You will be given the top portion of the application as a
- You will be handed the bottom portion of the application to
give to the next judge to receive a ballot when a booth is
- NOTE the ballot style in the upper right corner of the
Step 4-Receive Ballot
- You will be given a ballot of the ballot style indicated in the
upper right corner of the application and a security sleeve in
which to replace your ballot once you have completed voting.
- Verify that the ballot style (and party, in a primary) on the
ballot matches the ballot style(and party, in a primary) on your application receipt . If the styles do not
match, notify the judge before you cast the ballot and you will be
given the correct ballot style.
Step 5-Vote the ballot
- Enter the next available booth.
- Vote by darkening the oval to the left of the candidate of your
choice. Use only a black pen to darken the oval.
- If you choose to vote for a person not printed on the ballot,
you may write the person's name on the blank line above the word
"write-in under the proper office and darken the oval next to that
DO NOT WRITE A CANDIDATE'S NAME IF HE/SHE IS ALREADY LISTED
ON THE BALLOT, it will not count.
The write-in line appears only if
a candidate has filed a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in with
- Check the office to see that you have voted for the correct
number of candidates. If you vote for more candidates than the
number indicated below the office, it is considered to be an
overvote and none of the candidates for the overvoted office
receive a vote.
- The ballot with an overvoted office will not be accepted by the
tabulator. A message will appear on the screen indicating
there is an overvoted office on the ballot.
- The election judge will encourage your to take the ballot back,
return it to the table where you received it and get another
- You may vote for less than the number allowed. A message
may appear on the tabulator indicating that too few candidates
received a vote. You may choose to accept the ballot as it is
or take the ballot back and vote for the office indicated.
- Check both sides of the ballot for candidates and
- If you have torn or marked your ballot incorrectly, return your
ballot to the election judge at the ballot distribution table and
receive a new ballot.
- When you have finished voting, place your ballot inside the
security envelope, so the judge's initials show, and take it to the
Step 6-Cast your ballot
- The ballot box judge should ask to see the judge's initials on
the top of the ballot.
- Cast your ballot by sliding the ballot in the security sleeve
into the slot on tabulator holding the security sleeve
- Put your finger in the slot of the security sleeve and slide
the ballot into the tabulator.
- Do not hold tightly, allow the tabulator to grab the ballot
- If the ballot is not taken by the tabulator, the ballot box
judge will read the displayed message and explain the reason.
you wish to correct the ballot, the judge will direct you to return
your ballot to an election judge at the ballot distribution table
and obtain a new ballot.
- Once the ballot is cast into the tabulator, it has been
counted. The number of ballots cast on the screen should go up by
- Return your security sleeve to the ballot box judge.
- The judge will hand you an "I voted sticker".
Congratulations! You have exercised your right to