Vote on Election Day

Before heading to the polls, be sure to visit your personal Voter Information Center to:

  1. Verify that your address is up to date.
  2. See a sample ballot to familiarize yourself with the races and questions you will vote on.
  3. Find your polling place and check polling place hours.
  4. Find contact information for your local board of canvassers in case any issues arise.

When Election Day arrives, follow the steps below to make sure you are ready to #BEAVOTER!


Poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid photo ID when you vote at your polling place. If you do not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, you may cast a provisional ballot. This means that your vote may be counted by your local board of canvassers after they verify your eligibility.

For a complete list of acceptable photo IDs and to learn about provisional ballots, refer to the FAQ section below or or download the informational flyer.


Check in with poll workers by giving your name, address and photo ID. They will locate your name in the electronic poll book and ask you to sign on the electronic poll pad.

The poll workers will initial your signature and provide you with the appropriate ballot and a secrecy folder. The secrecy folder helps to ensure the privacy of your election choice(s).


Once in the voting booth, be sure to check both sides of the ballot before you start marking it. Some elected offices or questions may appear on the back of the ballot.


First, read the instructions carefully on how to mark your ballot and check both sides of the ballot. Note how many candidates you can vote for or if you are to approve or reject a referendum question.

Completely fill the oval next to your choice(s) using the black pen provided.

Write-In Option when applicable: To vote for a candidate whose name is not on the ballot, you can fill in the oval to the left of “Write-in” and print the name clearly in the box.

If you make a mistake while marking your ballot, the clerk will be able to assist you in obtaining a replacement ballot.


To protect your privacy, place the ballot in the secrecy folder and proceed to the voting machine.


Remove your ballot from the secrecy folder and insert your ballot into the voting machine.

The machine will scan your vote and indicate that your vote is counted.

If you made an error while voting, the machine will indicate that you made an error and ask if you would like to correct your error or continue casting your ballot.

Place the empty secrecy folder on the table next to the voting machine and proudly wear your “I voted” sticker.