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NARRAGANSETTâOtis Wyatt, an election moderator, at District 1 said that voters had lined up before polls opened, hoping to vote and âget it out of the wayâ before work. By 10:45 a.m. 186 people had voted. The ballot counting machine seems to do everything except make french fries.
It counts, sorts, and alerts election officials if a ballot has too many votes. âThis machine will let me know if someone leaves a ballot blank and it will categorize the ballots for write-ins,â he said.
Voters approached the long tables of officials and procured an I.D. They were issued a ballot and given private cells where they make their decisions with a special pen. Wyatt and his team remain anchored to the polling station from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. âRhode Island has the best system in the country for people who work for the polls. Compared to when I we had to read the dial!â
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