Ensuring Fair and Clean Elections

County Clerk Jason Denny, Steve Ashburn, Bill Patterson, Sheriff Troy YoungPaper Ballots Being CountedVoting Machines with Plastic SealsSheriff Young Recording Seal NumbersCount Clerk Denny Inspecting Voting Machine

Ensuring a fair and clean election is a big job and our local officials are doing their diligence as the May primary election for Kentucky approaches.  County Clerk Jason Denny, Sheriff Troy Young, and representatives from both the Republican and Democratic local parties, Bill Patterson and Steve Ashburn, met this past Friday as part of the Anderson County Board of Elections to ensure everything is ready for the May 17th primary election.

According to Jason, the board serves a number of roles.  The first is to make there are enough election officers at each precinct.  Given lists from both parties’ executive committees, they choose two Republican and two Democratic officers for each precinct and try to pair experienced officers with newer ones.  The board will also be training the officers, especially with the change on the Republican side due to the caucus that was held earlier in the year, causing no Republican Presidential candidates to be listed on the primary’s ballot this year.

The board also orders, counts and distributes paper ballots.  They order based on the number of last year’s election turn out.  After making sure the ballots are distributed correctly on election day, they then have a counting system to make sure no ballot is lost during the election.

The election machines are also treated specially.  Anderson County has two different types of election machines.  One is similar to a computer where a voter selects their candidate on a screen.  The other is similar to a high speed paper scanner.  In this system, a voter is given a paper ballot, casts their vote in a voting station, and then that ballot is scanned through the system to record the vote.  This allows for many more people voting at the same time as the scanning system can scan the ballots very quickly.

But since both machines do record votes, they have to be made sure they are accurately counting and not being tampered with during the process.  Before the elections, the board examines each machine along with representatives from the manufacturer to install the electronic ballot and ensure the machines are zeroed out.  They then use a series of color coded plastic seals with numbers to record what machine is going to which district and to know if anything was altered in the process.

On election day, when the precincts receive the machines, they then record the numbers on the seals before cutting them to set up the machines.  There is then another set of seals for the precinct judges to use when sending the machines back to again stop any alteration.

At the end of the election, the machines are kept sealed for 30 days unless a recount is called.  The paper ballots used for the scanning machines are held for two years just to be certain.  And the process then begins again as the next election nears.

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