Keith: Hi, I’m Keith Davenport with the County Manager’s office and I’m here with Ronnie Metzger, the Johnson County
Election Commissioner and we’re going to get to learn today about the new voting
machines. They’re up before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, May
17th for them to approve a contract to purchase these machines. So, Ronnie um
walk me through what what are these new voting machines do.
Ronnie: Okay so let’s just
roleplay here and demonstrate to the to the viewers how this is working.
First of all a blank ballot.
Keith: okay Ronnie: I’m going to play the role of the election worker…
Keith: Okay. Ronnie: …the Machine attendant and you can play the role of the voter.
Keith: Sounds good. Ronnie: and I’ll walk you through this. And so what we have is a a bar chord…a bar coded tab that will come I’m off of the printer from the pull pad when you check in and show your photo ID, right? okay okay so then the first thing that you do is feed the ballot in the machine. Keith: Okay
Ronnie: So that will
activate the machine. Keith: Okay, so I noticed that one of the corners is off on the paper and it matches the this here So I’m guessing this is where I go here.
Ronnie: That’s right
Keith: Okay so just slide this in here. Ronnie: Okay, the machine wakes up and it says it recognizes that you’re here ready to vote and then now when that screen comes
up I bring up this I bring this in and it scans with the infrared barcode. And now that your ballot is loaded. Now this is a kind of a demonstration election on favorite things in English, okay?
Keith: Okay Ronnie: So you can confirm your selections on what you’re voting for. So normally I would leave Keith: Sure
Ronnie: I’d leave you privately but
we’ll – for the the sake of demonstration I’ll stay here. Keith: So I do activate
Ronnie: You’re gonna vote on different kinds of dogs, here first. Keith: Yeah I’m gonna go with the
Labrador, because who doesn’t love a Labrador. Ronnie: Alright, and hit next.
Ronnie: And then
you’re gonna vote on favorite beach Keith: This is the only one I’ve been to you of these choices so I’ll pick this one.
Ronnie: Good choice, okay. Then you can vote on how you
choose to spend your free time. This is one of those where you can have multiple
choice. You can vote for more than…no more than two on this one. Keith: You know I work in social media so I guess I’ll click that one and I like to read some so we’ll do that one.
Ronnie: Then hit next and that advances. Now we have a proposition.
Keith (emphatically): Yeah of course! Ronnie: and now we have another proposition
Ronnie: Sometimes, we have questions on our ballots, right? Keith: Okay, very good.
Ronnie: Okay and now you
get the review page which is very similar to our current machines that we have. So everything we’ve done so far is much like the current machines we have. Nothing new so far for the for the voter. Keith: Yep, still touchscreen. I got to
choose my selections that way.
Ronnie: Yes, so you can review. Keith: Yep, so those all look right.
Ronie: So then hit next. So
you’ve already reviewed and verified. Keith: Yes
Ronnie: and now hit return card because this is going to bring out the ballot all printed and selected. Keith: Okay
Ronnie: so that you can verify that the machine printed and cashed in and made out your ballot what
you wanted it to. Keith: Okay, very good. So we have here the ballot. So now it has information and barcode.
Ronnie: You can verify that. Keith: It has yes Labrador, yes Galveston Island, I like to read, I like to browse the Internet. Yes and yes to the two propositions.
Ronnie: Notice the screen here. It says your vote has not been cast. So all you’ve done is gotten the printed ballot marked and now you’re going to rescan it into the
machine and it’s going to tabulate your vote and cast your vote. So you feed it right back in where you put it the first time. Keith: Let me ask you this. If I looked at
this and saw there’s something on here that doesn’t match my vote right what
would I need to do? Ronnie: You were alert the election worker, which would be me,
and I would come over and we would destroy this ballot and give you a clean fresh start. So you can still correct it at this point. Keith: Sure, okay. So I’m gonna feed this back in the machine the same way I did before. Ronnie: uh-huh and now watch what it does. Scanning the card, please wait. Keith: So I’ve already done everything else so then do I need to cast my vote? Ronnie: Cast your vote
Ronnie: Now it says thank you for voting, indicating you’re done you’re done. And
if we listen carefully you can hear the ballot dropped into the canister down
below. Behind the machine is a secure
Ronnie: and that’s where your ballot goes. You’ll never see it again because it’s going into our permanent archives and it’s sealed up and if we need to get to it we know right where it is. It’s marked in a pouch identified by the serial number on this machine along with all the other people who voted on this machine. We can do audits of a precinct or a race. We can do recounts of races as needed you know depending on how the election turns out. There’s legislation moving
forward for a an audit of certain precincts and races that we’ll have to
anticipate responding to. That’s that’s how we’ll do that and
then that those pouches will go into our archives into the record retention
process for 22 months and then be destroyed.
Keith: Oh okay. So the election machines they’ll be at the precincts all over Johnson County and then the papers those eventually get transported back here to the election
office. Ronnie: That’s that’s correct
Keith: Okay Ronnie: and then eventually stored and then eventually destroyed 22 months later according to statute. Keith: Okay, very good. Is there anything else that would be good for me to know about? Ronnie: We’ll we have 2100
machines that the Board of County Commissioners will be voting to approve the contract on We have recommended this purchase and looks like they’re going to move forward and vote yes and and we will deploy all of them in time
for the election in August and again November of the general election this year. That’s what people are concerned about is will we be voting on these this year? Yes!
Keith: Yes! the answer is yes! Okay and you always are looking for volunteers.
Ronnie: we are always looking for election workers We do give them a little stipend
Keith: Right. Not quite volunteer. Keith: A little better than volunteer, right?
Ronnie: It’s a volunteer with the thank you gift. Keith: Yes, there you go. There you go.
Ronnie: So we do training and of course training will be significant this time because we have brand-new equipment.
Keith: Right. Yeah. Very good. Ronnie: so if people are interested in
that they can call our office here at 715-6800.
913-715-6800. Keith: Very good. Well, thanks Ronnie for taking some time today. Thanks for joining us for this demonstration and be looking, pending
the board’s vote, for these machines in August and November