NARRAGANSETT–Otis Wyatt, an election moderator, at District 1 said that voters had lined up before polls opened, hoping to vote and “get it out of the way” before work. By 10:45 a.m. 186 people had voted. The ballot counting machine seems to do everything except make french fries.
It counts, sorts, and alerts election officials if a ballot has too many votes. “This machine will let me know if someone leaves a ballot blank and it will categorize the ballots for write-ins,” he said.
Voters approached the long tables of officials and procured an I.D. They were issued a ballot and given private cells where they make their decisions with a special pen. Wyatt and his team remain anchored to the polling station from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Rhode Island has the best system in the country for people who work for the polls. Compared to when I we had to read the dial!”
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