Sunday, May 12, 2013

Rock The Vote

I will be a part of the Special Board of Election Inspectors in the provincial jail on election process tomorrow. The field testing and sealing was done a few days ago, which included the printing of the election returns, confirming the machine results with manual count, and sealing the machine after a successful test.

From our experience during the field testing and sealing using the precinct count optical scan, here are some shading reminders I would just like to share before the election day comes.

1. Shade the circle dark enough, but do not over shade. This might distract the readability in the machine.

2. Shading two circles or filling two votes against single position is wrong. The machine will not in any way consider that.

3. Vote just enough and do not over vote. For example, shade just twelve circles for senators and no more. Otherwise, the machine will not count all your votes from that position.

4. Do not check, line, tick or cross the circle that corresponds to your vote. Although the cross was counted by the machine during the testing, it is better to be safe than sorry.

5. Over writing and marking on the ballot may result to machine error and probability that your paper will be considered void.

So, don't waste your freedom to choose just because of a small mistake. Each wise vote counts. And when there is more than just one who take part in the election process intelligently, that is when we can truly make a difference! 

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