Election Day: What happens when the voting machine breaks? How is my vote counted in Tulsa County?

Posted at 10:22 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 11:23:42-05

TULSA - You waited for what seemed like an eternity for Election Day to arrive so that you can get passed the squabbling of the presidential candidates. Today finally arrived.

You waited for what seemed like an eternity at your polling place to cast your vote. The line finally dwindled.

But then the voting machine broke just as you were ready to submit your ballot.

SERENITY NOW! (That's for all you Seinfeld fans out there).

Well, don't fret. There's a plan in place for when the voting machines malfunction.

According to Patty Bryant at the Tulsa County Election Board, when a machine breaks down, technicians - many are firefighters - are immediately sent to the polling place.

In most cases, the machine just needs to be rebooted. Think of the IT manager at your office when he/she asks you, "Did you try turning it off and back on?"

While the machine is inoperable, voters will place their ballots in emergency bins. As soon as the interruption is resolved, the ballots are run through the machine. Each polling place has a Democrat and Republican representative present to ensure all ballots are counted.

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