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Ballot: List of candidates used for voting.
Ballot Box: After the voter marks his or her choices on their ballot, the ballot is dropped into this locked box for counting after the polls close.
Challenged Voter: A person who presented himself to the Clerk in order to get a ballot for voting. The Clerk or Watcher did not believe the person was qualified to vote, thus the voter is challenged.
Reasons to Challenge a would be voter:
1. Identity - You do not believe that person is who they say they are.
2. Residency - You do not believe the person lives in the precinct. They may have moved longer than 30 day ago and failed to register in their new precinct.
Clerk: Precinct worker on Election Day. Represents County Government not a party.
Election Chairman or Judge: Person in charge of proceedings at the polls on Election Day.
Fast Count: Ballots are counted quickly by poll workers working together as a team to manipulate the outcome, too fast for watchers or the public to keep up with what they are doing.
Floater Voter: A person who cast his vote in several precincts on Election Day.
Master Leaver: On a voting machine there is a leaver that can be thrown that will register a vote for every candidate for that party. Punch card computer voting has a similar hole that can be punched.
Paper Ballot: A list of candidates running for office printed on paper. Voters mark who they want for office and put the paper ballot in the ballot box for counting after the polls close.
Polling Place: Building or room housing voting systems used on Election Day.
Poll Watcher: Represents a candidate or party in the polling place on Election Day. Not an Election Official. Has no legal right to address voters directly. Must bring all inquires to the Precinct Chairman.
Precinct Chairman / President / Election Judge: Person in charge of the polling place on Election Day.
Slow Count: Ballots are counted taking a longer than needed time to count. The poll officers are waiting for the opponent's precincts to report so that they will know how many votes they will have to report for their candidate or party to makeup the difference to insure victory.
Spoiling (a ballot): Marking a ballot with a vote for more than one candidate in a race so that the legal vote cannot or will not be counted and voided. The spoiling is done by one of the ballot counters.
String Voting: The voter is given a string with knots in it at different locations along the string. When the string is laid down on the paper ballot or held up to the machine face, the knots show the voter who to vote for.
Voting the Books: Voting for someone legally on the registration books that has not voted at the end of the day. The voting is done by the precinct workers.