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Security measures tight for election night vote counting
A behind-the-scenes look at how Knox County Election Commission makes sure each person's vote is counted fairly and accurately.
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00:00 Four hours from now we'll be telling you the results
00:02 of who could be next in line to lead -- in
00:05 the nation state. And local offices. -- votes will help decide
00:09 the outcome and it is up to the election commission to
00:11 make sure every vote counted is fair and accurate. Knox County
00:15 administrator of elections -- Rogers shows us the procedures in place.
00:20 To guarantee each vote is counted. In Knox County you're voting
00:25 is tallied on an east slate electronic voting machine at each
00:29 precinct those machines are connected to a central counting device called.
00:34 The judges -- control. That can judge and boost control is
00:38 where this card. Is capturing all the information so that when
00:43 people are voting. This is -- going to do so this
00:46 is. Can he win the polls close the machine is taken
00:50 to the city county building where the car is removed and
00:53 delivered to this secure room. You've always got Democrats. And Republicans
00:59 here at least one of each party and usually there's a
01:01 couple of each party back here. All the time. This secure
01:06 computer reads and tallies votes from each card it is not
01:10 connected to the Internet or any other computer. That data is
01:15 Lynn. Put on one of these compact flash this all right.
01:21 And it is intake and out of this this device here
01:25 that can carry that over here and put in the hard
01:28 dropped. That is the computer that then displays the results to
01:32 the public on the Internet. That way. There is no connection
01:37 between Internet. And any of the equipment that we have here
01:42 in the election commission office. Rogers helping us pull back the
01:47 curtain on keeping your votes to say there are other checks
01:51 and balances in the process each voting machine is sealed on
01:55 site. The results from those machines can be read later if
01:59 theory is a problem with the data. To paper copies are
02:02 printed from each judges Booth controlled device after that last vote
02:06 is cast. One of those copies is posted at the polling
02:10 site for the public to see the other copy is delivered
02:13 to the election commission office.
(WBIR) People across Tennessee will head to the polls Thursday to decide the County General and State Primary races.
Those votes help decide who will represent our area. It's up to the election commission to make sure every vote counted is fair and accurate.
In Knox County, votes are tallied on an e-slate electronic voting machine. At each precinct those machines are connected to a central counting device called the judges booth control.
Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers said a card inside the judges booth control is responsible for capturing all the information from voters.
When the polls close, the machine is taken to the City-County building where the card is removed and delivered to a secure room.
Inside that room on election night are representatives from each political party.
"You've always got Democrats and Republicans here. At least one of each party and usually there's a couple of each party back here all the time," Rodgers said.
Then a secure computer reads and tallies the votes from each card. It is not connected to the internet or any other computer.
That data then gets put on a compact flash drive and carried over to another computer which displays the results on the internet.
"That way there is no connection between the internet and any of the equipment that we here in the election commission office," Rodgers said.
It's a safety measure that ensures each vote is accounted for.
Other checks and balances:
- Each voting machine is sealed on site
- Machine results can be read later if there is a problem with the data
- Two paper copies are printed from each judges booth control device after the last vote is cast
- One copy is posted at the polling site for the public to see
- The other copy is delivered to the election commission office
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