Hall County voters can see the state’s new voting equipment in action at two public demonstrations on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
“It's important for voters to have the option of seeing this new technology in advance of this year's elections," Hall County Elections Director Lori Wurtz said in a statement. “If we can provide them with some hands-on interaction with the new equipment, it will increase their level of comfort when they cast their ballot, leading to a smoother experience at the polls for everyone involved.”
Demonstrations will be held Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the human resources training room on the second floor of the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. If you are unable to attend at that time, you can set up another demonstration by contacting elections staff at 770-531-6945 during normal business hours.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has also posted a video demonstration.
With the new system, when a voter arrives at the polling place, they will first check in with a poll worker using a touchscreen tablet. The tablet will scan the voter’s license, and the poll worker will verify that the voter is eligible. Then, the voter will get a special access card to insert into the voting machine.
The voter then makes selections and clicks “print ballot.” A printer at the polling station will produce a paper ballot with the voter’s choices marked for review. Once the voter has reviewed their choices, they will feed the ballot into a scanner, and the ballot will be kept in a locked box for storage.
The March 24 presidential preference primary will be the first election with the new equipment. Early voting will begin March 2. Items on the ballot in Hall will include the presidential preference primary, E-SPLOST, which is a 1% sales tax for local schools, and bond referendums for Gainesville City Schools and Hall County Schools.