Voting 101


Tuesday morning, hundreds of people in Central Illinois will be heading to their polling place. It may be your first time voting or you could be a seasoned voter, whatever the case is, casting a ballot can be somewhat nerve-racking.

Linda Curtin, the Christian County Clerk said, once you're issued a ballot the process is not that difficult.

"They'll come to the booth. They'll darken an oval next to the candidates name that they want to vote for. They don't have to vote every race if they don't want to," Curtin said.

There are more candidates then usual this election so do not forget to flip over your ballot.

When the voter is finished, "then they will go to a ballot box. The judges will have given them a privacy sleeve to cover up all their votes. The judges are just going to want to see the initials that the judges put on the ballot when they first issued it and then the voter inserts the ballot into the machine," added Curtin. 

However, it is a chance the machine will reject your ballot.

"Sometimes people can do what they call a spoiled ballot," she said. That's when you vote for more candidates than you are required to or "sometimes on the paper ballot, people accidentally make a mark with a pen and the machine is sophisticated enough it recognizes that."

If that happens, you will just get a new ballot and start over.

If the voter does not want to mark-in a candidate on an old fashioned ballot, the touch screen machine is another option.

"On the touch screen you can enlarge the text for someone that has a vision problem. If there is someone that is totally blind, we have ear phones and a key pad and that ballot is actually read to those people," Curtin replied.

It's simple and efficient.

Once you're satisfied with your votes, Curtin said, "you hit that cast button and all those results go up into a canister that's locked with a seal."

Also, if a voter has an issue, the judges are trained to help with those problems.

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