Brazos County Administration addresses voting concerns at the poll

Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 5:37 PM CDT
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Before you let your voice heard in the voting booth, you might want to know how the process works. News 3's Matthew Villanueva met Brazos County Elections Administrator Trudy Hancock and showed him the equipment and step-by-step process.

"This is called the JBC, or the judge's booth controller," said Hancock, "and it controls all the e-slates where the machine individual votes on."

Each county has an agreement with vendors for voting equipment, so it might not be the same in neighboring or other counties. Hancock explained how it happens in Brazos County.

"The voter would come in and check in," said Hancock, "and then the judge would issue their access code. And so the access code would be issued from the JBC, torn off, and handed to the voter. Then the voter would go to the machine, choose whether he wants to vote English or Spanish, then put in the code and then their ballot comes up."

This is where Hancock says you have to focus to best prevent a mistake in voting.

"What happens when you vote straight party is you choose straight party as the very first box on the e-slate," said Hancock, "and then marks all the races which have a candidate in that party. When you go through your ballot, it makes you go through every race. If you inadvertently select again, it'll deselect that candidate."

She says the most important thing is to review the summary before casting your ballot.

On Tuesday, KBTX visited Monday's most popular voting location -- College Station Utilities -- to see what voters had to say about the issues.

"I've done it before," said College Station resident Connie Nelson, "so it wasn't that difficult. But I didn't go straight party, I went one through one."

"We probably stood in line longer then it took me to actually vote," said College Station resident Joel Rollins. "so we probably had 10 people ahead of us, but even with that number of people ahead of us, it still took five minutes."

Tuesday afternoon after the interview, Hancock called the newsroom to tell KBTX the database was double checked by the vendor that created it and they say there is nothing wrong.

Hancock also says there is no reason to worry and asks voters to have confidence in the system.