The much anticipated Election Day is almost here. Are you ready for it? Board of Elections offices everywhere have been preparing for the day for months. A lot of time has been devoted to making sure people know how to use the Image Cast machine. Our Iris St. Meran tells us what you need to know about it.
NEW YORK STATE -- Some of you have used this machine. Others will be using the Image Cast machine for the first time, come November 6th. Long gone are the days of voting by lever. Onondaga County Board of Elections Commissioner doesn't expect many, if any, issues for first time users.
Onondaga County Board of Election Commissioner Ed Ryan said, "You go to one of those two spots. You fill in the circles, you walk over, insert it in there. It's done. It's almost fool proof. The only thing you have to do is keep the pencil or the pen in the circle so it doesn't make marks all over the ballot and we're fine."
The county had low voter turnout for the primaries, but Ryan is expecting 200,000 voters next month. There will be 180 of these machines at polling sites around the county. To prepare for the big day, Ryan had extensive training for the staff, as well as opportunities for the community to learn.
Ryan said, "We brought the machines out to a number of organizations, field days, that type of thing to show people what they have. So most people are very cognizant of what it is."
In Madison County, Election Commission Lynne Jones said her staff has also done voter outreach and she also plans on having extra inspectors working on election night to help voters.
Commissioner Ryan doesn't expect much difficulty when it comes to using these machines, but if voters want to test them out they can do so by coming to the board of elections.
So far, the biggest concern that’s been heard is privacy. A privacy sleeve is given to cover the ballot and privacy booths are available to fill them out. Commissioners hope to ease your worries so you can focus on what's important: exercising your right to vote.
Ryan also wants to remind voters if you're voting for the first time, bring a photo ID. He also encourages voters not to wear any campaign buttons or other items at the polls.