Each vote center will be equipped with three ballot marking devices (BMDs) on which voters can vote a regular, provisional, or replacement ballot. These units consist of a monitor and printer. The monitor is a touchscreen on which the voter makes selections and when finished, the voter prints their selections and deposits the ballot into a secure ballot box. The BMD is activated with a key card that remains in the possession of the vote center chief.
In addition, vote centers will include laptop computers at check-in stations so workers can securely access a voter’s record to verify registration and to verify that voting has not already taken place. Laptops will be connected to the election management system’s server in full compliance with all security measures determined by the County’s Information Services Technology staff.
Vote centers will also have ballot printing equipment so a voter may get a replacement vote-by-mail ballot. Ballot printing equipment consists of a specialized laptop computer and printer. Staff will be required to complete security logs to keep track of the ballots printed.
A voter will deposit their voted ballot into a locked ballot box. Ballots will be reconciled daily and returned to the Elections Department for storage in an alarmed area until counted. All ballots are counted in the Elections Department on equipment that is located in a secure, alarmed room.
At the end of each day, the laptop computers that provide access to all vote center functions will be placed in a locked cabinet. A security seal will be placed over the lock and the number recorded on a log sheet.
No voting machines or ballot counting equipment is connected to the internet.
Voters in the military or overseas and voters with disabilities may opt to go on-line, through the Remote Accessible Vote By Mail (RAVBM) system, to request a downloadable ballot. RAVBM offers the opportunity for military and overseas voters and voters with disabilities to request an electronic VBM ballot accessible using an authorized website. The electronic ballot can be downloaded to the voter's computer, marked using the voter's own assistive technology and then printed. Instructions include a return envelope image so the ballot can be returned in the same manner as any VBM ballot: through the U.S. mail, placed in a ballot drop box, or at any vote center.
All election equipment goes through extensive Logic & Accuracy Testing to ensure each piece of equipment is in proper working order.