SMITH COUNTY — Technology is constantly changing and new electronic voting machines are faster, easier and more efficient for calculating votes, but present new challenges as voters adjust to using them.
Smith County has released an online video demonstration that takes voters through the step-by-step process of voting with the specific machines utilized in all Smith County elections. The video can be viewed above.
When voting with an iVotronic electronic voting machine in Smith County, an election volunteer will first activate the system for the voter. The volunteer then steps away to allow the voter privacy. The voter is then given instructions to follow the prompts on the screen as they complete the process of selecting the candidates for the races they wish to vote for.
Once the voter has made their selections, the iVotronic machine will list all of the candidates they selected, and ask the voter to review the list for accuracy. The voter then has an opportunity to go back and make changes to their selection or move forward to the confirmation screen. Once on the confirmation screen, the voter will have one more opportunity to review, make changes or ask for help before confirming their choices and officially casting their ballot electronically.
An iVotronic practice machine is also available to the public for practice through Tuesday, May 29. The machine is located at the Elections Office, Smith County Courthouse Annex, Fifth Floor, 200 E. Ferguson, Tyler. Please contact the Smith County Elections Office for further details at 903-590-4774.