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Arkansas’s Voting Machines
Voters use a pen to mark a paper ballot that is then placed in the optical scan machine at the precinct. Voters will fill in an oval beside the candidate’s name they wish to select. The ballot is then fed into the scanner and the machine “reads” the ballot and tabulates the votes. The Model 100 Optical Scan machine alerts voters to over-voted races and under-voted ballots.
1. Receive Ballot
A poll worker will issue a paper ballot and direct you to a voting booth.
2. Select Candidate
To select your candidate, use a pen to fill in the oval beside the candidate’s name you wish to choose.
3. Review Ballot
After completing your ballot, check over each race to make sure you have marked the ballot as you intended. If you make a mistake, simply ask the poll worker for another ballot.
When finished making your choices, insert your ballot into the optical scanner. If you have over-votes or under-votes, the scanner will alert you and you will have the opportunity to correct your ballot.
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Over-vote- A voter casts votes for more than the allowable number of candidates in a contest or cast votes for and against an issue in a contest. Over-voted races cannot be counted. However, if you do over-vote and you have not put your ballot into the ballot box, you can request a new ballot from an election official. You will be asked to sign a Spoiled Ballot Affidavit. You may “spoil” up to two ballots and receive another (three ballots total). Once you drop your ballot in the ballot box, no changes can be made.
Under-vote- no vote is recorded by the voter for a contest.