LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – On November 8th, Michiganders will be casting their ballots.
With concerns about foreign interference in our election system, Michigan clerks said they are ready for elections with people working to ensure they are safe and secure.
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Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has been busy preparing ahead of Election Day. He knows that Cast Ballet is just the beginning of his journey.
“There’s a lot of safety in the back,” Swope said.
This process starts even before voters go to the polls. First, voters are given a ballot paper.
“They look at voters, figure out what precincts they’re in,” Swope said. “We have to issue a specific ballot paper for a specific voter. We have forty-five different ballots and they need to get the correct ballot.”
Each voter is assigned a unique ballot number. When the ballot is returned, the clerk makes sure the ballot numbers match. Signatures on ballots are also compared to signatures on driver’s licenses.
Early votes are placed in a locked room, where they will remain until they are counted on Election Day.
“We keep the ballots securely locked,” Swope said. “We balance how much we receive each day.”
Swope and his team tested four high-speed counting machines to ensure accuracy.
It’s a big job for Swope and highly trained election volunteers.
“We have a great pool of people,” Swope said. “We have over 500 people who will be working on Election Day.”
He said he felt confident in the process because of the voter ID requirement. Swope said at a general election, they don’t have more than one or two people who don’t show their ID, and when that happens, there are other security measures.
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