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Laurel Board of Elections demonstrates electronic voting machines

Laurel city officials demonstrate how to use the voting machines for the upcoming City Council elections, taking place Nov. 7.

The Laurel Board of Elections hosted a demonstration Thursday afternoon to show residents how to use its electronic voting machines to cast their ballots in the upcoming City Council race.

New Jersey-based Electec Election Services provided the machines, which show all candidates on one page. Voters will use the machines during early voting Saturday and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Machine tech Mike Haller, who also led a demonstration for city poll workers Thursday night, said voters will select candidates by pressing the button next to their name, making a red light appear. Fail-safes keep the results intact and voters remain anonymous.

Laurel residents can also write in candidates when voting in the upcoming city of Laurel election.
Laurel residents can also write in candidates when voting in the upcoming city of Laurel election. (Andrew Michaels/BSMG)

If residents choose to write-in their selection, they must press the button next to "write-in," also appearing red. Voters will see another flashing red button at the top of the machine, and then press it to open a small window, where they'll write a name.

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Haller said two machines will be available for early voting on Saturday at the Laurel Municipal Center, with two machines at both the municipal center and Robert J. DiPietro Community Center on Election Day. Election supervisors expect to have unofficial results by 10 p.m. Tuesday and will count write-ins as well as absentee and provisional ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

For more information, contact Kim Rau, clerk to the Laurel Board of Elections, at 301-725-5300 Ext. 2121 or krau@laurel.md.us.



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