Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(10,978 posts)
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 06:51 PM Oct 2018

Early voted today in Arkansas.

Dressed all in blue and was standing at the Courthouse door when it opened at 8:00. There were about two dozen people there to vote as soon as they could.

The Congressional election here is a lost cause but there are some hotly contested local elections in light red county. It's amazing how quickly you can vote when all you look for it the "D."

I was impressed with new voting machines that produce a printed ballot which is scanned for totals with the hard copies maintained for any recount etc. I thought them pretty high-speed for a small rural Arkansas county.

10 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Early voted today in Arkansas. (Original Post) TomSlick Oct 2018 OP
I'm voting tomorrow after work. Arkansas Granny Oct 2018 #1
Good on you! TomSlick Oct 2018 #2
Me too backtoblue Oct 2018 #3
Scanners. Blue_true Oct 2018 #4
I haven't looked at the specs but it seemed a good system to me. TomSlick Oct 2018 #5
They are good, I trust them. Blue_true Oct 2018 #6
This one seemed one step better. TomSlick Oct 2018 #7
Yes, that is impressive. nt Blue_true Oct 2018 #10
Voted Early Today In Columbus, OH! colsohlibgal Oct 2018 #8
I always vote on the first day of early voting. TomSlick Oct 2018 #9


(31,261 posts)
4. Scanners.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 07:26 PM
Oct 2018

They record the vote and keep the actual ballot in a locked compartment. Plus, they notify you on the spot that your vote has been recorded.

I know that the "voting hacks" trolls will find fault with scanners, but they, IMO, are the most reliable and verifiable voting machines.


(10,978 posts)
5. I haven't looked at the specs but it seemed a good system to me.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 07:33 PM
Oct 2018

I take a lot of comfort from the fact printed ballots are retained. The County Clerk here is a smart cookie and wouldn't have bought these if they weren't secure and reliable.


(31,261 posts)
6. They are good, I trust them.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 07:38 PM
Oct 2018

They let you know instantly if there is a problem with your ballot(stray Mark, ect), allowing you to get another ballot and fix the problem on the spot.


(10,978 posts)
7. This one seemed one step better.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 07:48 PM
Oct 2018

You insert a ballot form into a machine. When you finish voting, it goes through all your votes on a screen for you to verify. It then prints a completed ballot which you can check for accuracy (I needed my reading specs). There is no chance for stray marks, etc. You then insert the completed ballot into the scanner which stores the ballot.

I was impressed. If my poor rural county can afford such a system, why can't everywhere else?


(5,273 posts)
8. Voted Early Today In Columbus, OH!
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 09:53 PM
Oct 2018

First time but I will vote early every time from now on. One great thing was there were democrats outside he entrance with printed material on which judges and commissioners were democrats since no designation is on the ballot by law....which is screwed up.

I really, really hope we take the House back, and at least get closer in the Senate for now.


(10,978 posts)
9. I always vote on the first day of early voting.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:01 PM
Oct 2018

There are a handful of us standing there every time waiting for the doors to open. That way it's done and dusted - you never know what's going to blow up tomorrow.

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Early voted today in Arka...