By the time voters head to the polls on November 6, the Sacramento County Elections Office will have tested and certified all the machines used to record and count our votes.
In Sacramento County, though, “ballot boxes” are actually optical scanning machines. Voters make their selections on a paper ballot and feed it through a scanner. Voters can verify their selections by checking a printout from the scanner.
Testing the machines involves workers feeding ballots, with known results, through the optical scanning machines and checking the printout.
“If it doesn’t (match), we don’t use that machine in that election. It goes into a repair yard,” said Alice Jarboe with the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Office.
Elections officials also have people with disabilities in mind. Poll workers and touch screen machines will be available to walk voters through the process.