New e-voting system demonstration at Hughes Center

Residents can explore the county’s new voting system by visiting the demonstration center this month at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, January 31.

This new voting system will be fully implemented beginning with the 2020 Presidential Primary Election on March 3. Anyone visiting the Hughes Center can try the new fully accessible ballot marking device and preview the electronic pollbook.

The ballot marking device is a stand-alone voting machine that is not connected to the internet or a network. Voters can access 13 languages, adjust the touch screen to any angle, change the display settings such as text size and contrast or go through the ballot using the audio headset and a control pad. The easy-to-follow instructions can guide most people through the voting process without assistance, and voters can print a paper ballot when complete.

The interactive sample ballot is a good option for voters who want to mark their e-ballots before arriving at a vote center. Using a computer, mobile phone or other device, voters can review ballot information and make selections from home before visiting a vote center, where choices are then uploaded. After going through the selection process the interactive sample ballot creates a “poll pass” (QR code), like an airline boarding pass.

The third and final option is the electronic pollbook (ePollbook), which allows voters to check-in, update registration and vote at any polling location in the county of Los Angeles, and still see a Claremont ballot.

The ePollbook, which looks a small computer monitor, will replace the printed list of voters and will be used by vote center staff to verify the registration eligibility of a voter in real time. Additionally, ePollbooks will indicate if a voter has already voted anywhere in the county to prevent voting at multiple locations.

Voter information on ePollbooks is not connected to the ballot marking device or the tally system, but remains independent to protect a voter’s personal information. The final printed ballot does not contain any voter information. The ePollbook also allows those registered vote-by-mail to cast a regular in-person ballot without needing to surrender a mailed ballot.

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