Early voting for the primary election has begun in Mecklenburg County. You'll see new voting machines at all 20 early voting locations. (https://www.mecknc.gov/BOE/Pages/default.aspx)
The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections bought new voting equipment for 2020 and the Board of County Commissioners chose the ESS Expressvote and the DS200 tabulator. These machines are easy to use and very secure. The machines have no modems, no wireless capabilities and do not network to each other or the internet.
The process to vote with these new voting machines is two steps.
You will first insert the card matching the cut corner into the Expressvote and then touch your selections when the ballot appears on a screen. To change your vote selection, simply touch a different selection. The checkmark will show your current selection. Each contest will appear on a separate screen page and you will use the next or previous buttons to move from contest to contest. When you are on the last page, you will review all contests and your selections. If you would like to make changes, you can touch the contest you would like to change or touch the previous button. The exclamation mark will let you know if you have not made all selections. Once you confirm your votes, touch "print card."
The second step is to pull the print card from the machine, take it and insert it into the tabulator. To see a simulation, click here.
If you have any questions, you can always ask one of the trained and friendly poll workers at your voting location.
All voting places for the March 3, 2020 primary will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the primary election. Early voting locations are open during the week from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 28. There are also various weekend hours on Feb. 22, 23 and 29. For a complete list of locations and hours, click here.
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