With the May primaries right around the corner, it is important to know all voting procedures before you enter the voting booth.Most people are familiar with the process of casting a regular ballot vote, but many are unfamiliar with how to cast a write-in ballot for the candidate of their choice. There are several steps to follow.

First, upon entering the voting booth you will want to push the buttons to cast your vote for the candidates already on the ballot. Once you have completed those votes, you are ready to move on to casting your write-in ballot or ballots.

You will see that each voting machine is equipped with a "paper roll" on which to write-in your candidate's name. For the particular office for which you want to cast a write-in vote, press the write-in button. There is a separate write-in button for each office on the ballot and it is important that the correct write-in button be pushed, or the vote will not count as intended.

After you have done this, you must then press the large flashing red button at the top of the machine and wait for the machine to open the write-in window. This may take a few seconds. Then, write or stamp your candidate's name on the exposed paper in the window.

Only pens, pencils and rubber stamps are acceptable for write-in candidates. The Board of Elections discourages the use of candidate stickers, due to the potential for machine jams.

After you have written or stamped in your candidate's name, you can then pull the black shutter down over the name and close the window.

You must close the window thoroughly! Give it a little tug if necessary. The single write-in window at the top is used for all write in votes.

Before you close the curtain, be sure to ask the Judge of Elections in attendance at your polling place if you have any questions.

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