New Way of Voting Introduced in Upcoming Va. General Elections
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville are introducing a new way to vote in the upcoming general election. Come Nov. 3, voters will fill out a paper ballot and then feed it into a digital scanner for tallying.
Virginia passed a law in 2007 that mandates all voting precincts use paper ballots and digital tallying scanners if they purchased new equipment.
"There were some concerns that there would be some hacking involved that could compromise the election," said James Nix, Charlottesville Electoral Board chair.
In order to ensure accuracy when filling out your ballot, you should make sure you fully fill in bubbles and not leave stray marks but if you do accidentally mismark your ballot, you can always ask for a new one and the one that was fed into the scanner will not be counted.
If a recount happens, registrars say the paper ballot system should eliminate any doubts.
"People have more confidence in a recount if there's actually a recount of every ballot," Nix said.
Polls open on Nov. 3 and absentee voting closes this Saturday Oct. 31.