We have received a number of questions about things
happening on Election Day.
Q: Why are you using pencils at the polling place?
A: We are providing single-use golf pencils to each
person to allow voters to cast their ballot with minimal risk of COVID
transmission. We have a supply of pens at each location for voters who prefer
to use them, but are not able to sanitize each pen between uses. Voters who
would like to bring their own pen may do so.
Q: Will someone be able to change my vote?
A: No, we maintain a chain of custody on voted ballots
so that they are never alone in the custody of a single pollworker or a single
party's pollworkers. Nobody is able to handle any ballots without bipartisan
Q: Why did a ballot counting machine break?
A: Due to the large volume of voters and the folded ballots, we are
experiencing a higher than usual number of jams on our voting tabulators. When
a jam is not cleared correctly, it can cause the feeder mechanism to
malfunction. We experience these problems every year, and had 3 machines where
we had this problem this year, which were resolved in under an hour. Voters
were asked to deposit their ballots into the "auxiliary bin," a compartment
on the ballot box which keeps uncounted ballots isolated from counted ballots
until the machine is operational.
If you have any concerns about all the ballots being counted, we can offer and
suggest that the final counting and reporting procedures -- "the
canvass" -- are open to the public for observation at each polling place beginning
at 8pm. Voters can see the number of ballots counted by each tabulator and the
number of voters who reported to vote in person and who submitted absentee
We will update this page with any other frequent requests
we receive -- if you need information, please contact us at (203) 256-3115 and
we will provide you with assistance.