Presidential elections 2016: How Americans are going to cast their votes on November 8?
The integrity of US Presidential Election widely discussed this time after reports of Russia attempting to hack the state election systems. In addition, republican nominee Donald Trump’s claims of “election rigging” strengthened the question of credibility in public discourse. However, cyber experts and government officials say it’s virtually impossible for somebody to influence the election outcome.
On November 8, Tuesday, when Americans go the polls to select their next president, there will be number of voting equipment to be used to accurately mark their decision. Here are the methods that the US voters will use to make their choices.
In some U.S. jurisdictions, voters still use paper ballots to cast their votes, which is one of the most traditional and popular methods across the world. Ballots will be later counted manually by officials to enroll their selections.
Paper Ballot Scanning
Similar to a standardized test, this method will allow voters to make their selection by filling in an oval or a box, or completing an arrow. The ballot will be later tabulated by scanning devices. Mostly, ballots are either scanned in the polling place or collected in a ballot box to be scanned later.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) System enables a voter to record their votes directly into an ATM-like device with the help of interfaces including pushbutton, touchscreen or dial. The machine will be capable of tabulating the votes automatically, resulting in a speedy election process.
Punch Card Voting
In Punch Card Voting Systems, Americans will make their decision with the help of a card and a small clipboard-sized device. Voters will be instructed to punch holes in the cards next to their selection. The cards will be later placed in a ballot box or pushed into a vote-tabulating device.
Ballot marking for disabled
Ballot Marking system is aimed at helping voters with disabilities as it combines technology with traditional paper ballots. Voters will be able to make their choice using a touchscreen interface and the system will record the selection through delivering a paper ballot.
Meanwhile, polling places have reportedly opened in many states for early in-person voting as early voting by mail has been underway for weeks in many states. Reports indicate that early voting totals this election may well swell beyond 50 million.