Whether you’ve voted multiple times over the years or this will be your first time casting your vote, you may be wondering which equipment is involved.
Will you know how to use it? Do you know what to expect? Will the machine prepare your voice correctly?
Rest assured, these systems are designed to be intuitive and somewhat easy to discover. If you find yourself confused on election day (or voting early), you can always ask the poll worker your questions.
In Florida, the state uses two methods to vote: the Scan System or the Direct Electronic Registry System, also known as DRE, according to 411.org vote.
Here’s how the site explains each system:
Photo scan: By scanning, you will receive a ballot, which you will take to a private table or booth. The paper ballot will contain the names of the candidates and print the various procedures and initiatives on it.
With the Type Tool, you’ll fill in small squares or circles – or the space between two arrows, to indicate your voting choices. When you are finished, you will approach the ballot box, where the polling agents will show you how to place the ballot inside. In some places, you can insert the cards or completed papers into a computer that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place, to make sure that you voted the way you wanted.
Direct electronic registration (DRE): When using DRE, all information about who and what you vote for is on an electronic screen, such as a television or computer screen.
There are many differences to DREs, according to 411.org vote. The site said, “Usually, after logging in, polling personnel give you a card that you insert into the machine to start the voting session.”
Some of these devices will display all of the candidates and polling options on one large screen. Often times, with these large screen devices, you push the button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or “yes” or “no” on the ballot meter). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On every screen or page, there will likely be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you can vote for president. Then you can go to the next page to vote for senator. Other devices have a keyboard. Some of them have a keyboard, so you can type in the name of the person you want to vote for. You can inform the system that you have finished voting by pressing a button, touching the screen, or entering something on the keyboard.
To identify specific types of machines, broken down by province, Click or tap here.