Cleveland County’s electronic ballots explained
Local – The Shelby Star
SHELBY – George Munro, government relations director at Democracy Live, is visiting Cleveland County during the early voting process to allow voters to test the company’s electronic ballot system, LiveBallot.
Cleveland County is a test site for the state in using the system. Voters can vote via the electronic system, but only paper ballots will be officially counted.
He shared some key pieces of information Wednesday afternoon about the LiveBallot technology with residents interested in learning more before trying it out.
While the next generation voting equipment uses Democracy Live’s software, it also uses off the shelf hardware including a tablet built by Dell, a printer built by Brother and runs on Windows 8.
“The nice thing about this is these are technologies you use every day,” Munro said. “The software was written specifically for voting but everything else is off the shelf equipment that everyone is pretty familiar with these days.”
Using familiar off the shelf technology is meant to make using the LiveBallot tablets easier for most voters, while keeping prices low for governments buying the equipment, Munro said.
The LiveBallot technology was designed to make voting easier for people with disabilities. The equipment currently used by disabled voters in Cleveland County is around 10 years old and is ready for an update, Munro said.
He also stressed the safety in using the LiveBallot technology. The software delivers the correct ballot to each voter and allows voters to review their selections and confirm their selections before printing their demonstration ballot.
Munro encourages residents to try using the technology at the country’s three early voting precincts in hopes of bringing the technology to future elections in Cleveland County.
“It’s a cool opportunity and at the same time it’s saving the government some money,” Munro said.
For more information on early voting and the LiveBallot Demo, contact the Cleveland County Board of Elections at 704-484-4858.