County elections directors are urging voters to double-check their ballots after some early voters complained of mistakes. Some voters in Guilford County have found errors when reviewing their ballots before submitting them — namely that they meant to vote for a candidate of one party, but the machine marked their ballot for the other candidate. Elections Director Charlie Collicut said the problem comes from the election machines’ touch screens. As some voters touched the screen, it would select the name above or below the candidate they actually wanted. “It’s a machine that we have to calibrate — that a human being has to calibrate,” Collicut said, pointing out that the process isn’t perfect.
He instructed voters to try pressing a millimeter above or below the candidate name until the correct box is checked.
But, he said, there’s a process in place for voters to make sure their ballot reflects who they actually wanted to vote for that includes three checkpoints: First, a big neon green check mark next to the candidate they’ve selected. Then, voters can look at a real-time paper audit of their selection process, which will tell them who they’ve selected or de-selected while voting. Finally, voters are asked to review and confirm their entire ballot before pressing submit.