Have you ever stopped and thought about how important the election process is? One of the most important aspects of an election is ballot printing and making sure there are no mistakes in such an essential process. From printing accuracy to facility security, the ballot printing process demands expertise like no other industry.
There should be stringent standards for ballot printers in the United States. Ballots should be printed in a secure facility and monitored with video surveillance 24-7, which deters any tampering or theft. The printed ballots should never leave the facility unless they are being delivered to customers in a secure manner that allows for tracking. Excess ballots should be quickly disposed of through an on-site shredder, chopping the ballots into confetti sized bits, and then moved to a paper recycling facility.
Another important feature in the ballot process is the ability to properly layout ballots to ensure for proper printing and tabulation. This ability allows for a more streamlined process, which makes the election smoother and easier for all parties involved. On-site testing also allows for any mistakes in the coding or programming to be quickly caught and corrected before any ballots make it to the election jurisdictions and ultimately the voter. Scan-ready tests ensure that every ballot can be properly tabulated, thus giving accurate elections results.
But it’s not just ballot layout and ballot printing that go into making an election successful. You need secure voting equipment and ballot scanners to quickly read all the ballots. Additionally, there are other ancillary items that help facilitate a smooth and efficient election. Some of these items include: election signs, wire and plastic security seals, secure election bags, ballot boxes, voting booths, ADA handicap ramps, I Voted Today stickers, and privacy screens. Ballots may be the most important part, but everything else goes together to make the election process successful.
It may not seem like much at first, but a lot goes into the ballot printing and election process. Security must be maintained at all times to prevent any tampering, forging, or theft, and new processes to make elections safer are being thought of every day. Elections are a delicate time for everyone, tensions run high and the risk of tampering makes every security feature needed. With a safe and secure election and ballot printing process, the risk is lessened and voters can feel safe while exercising their democratic right.
Michael Linden is an election specialist. For more information, you may contact him at 252.633.3197 or visit http://www.printelect.com.
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