A record voter turnout is expected for a mid-term election in Nebraska. Polling places will be busy but many people have no idea what happens after they leave the voting booth. Deputy Secretary of State Wayne Bena says explains the process on how those ballots are counted and voters can be assured they have security covered.
Bena says, “All counties use the same models of equipment statewide. There are different versions of the models and at some smaller counties some of them are actually counted at the polling site in the machine but the majority of counties it is counted at the Election Office. In either case, none of the machines are ever hooked up to the internet.”
Bena says Nebraska added a two party authentication program on voter registration systems that requires a password, user name and code. That code changes every 30.
Nebraska also works with Homeland Security and there is a monitor that constantly looks at the traffic of the traffic of their voter registration system. He says that provides protection on the front and back end of the election process.
There are occasions where a voter shows up to cast a ballot and there is no record that person is registered. Bena says, “Administrative errors can happen at any level so that is why Nebraska has a provisional ballot. A voter can feel confident that if they go to their polling site and not on the polls, they can request a voter provisional ballot as well as fill out a new voter registration form and that will allow election officials to look at the back end of what happened. Did it get processed? Sometimes at the DMV has is not forwarded over so we can as the DMV if they have a record of it in their system. If we realize it was not the fault of the voter, that ballot is going to count.”