The vote is a foundational institution of our democracy, and the Madison County Clerk’s Office places paramount importance on protecting it. As the election authority for Madison County, nothing is as important as ensuring that voters have faith and confidence in the security of our elections, knowing that their votes are accurately counted and the integrity of the process will be ceaselessly defended and protected.
Election Security FAQs
Here are answers to frequently asked questions.
Will there be an offline daily backup of votes as they come in?
We use a paper ballot, so there is always a back-up. Additionally, once the voting period concludes, Madison County maintains all records for audit or recount for a set period as required by the State of Illinois.
Will there be an election audit to ensure accuracy?
Yes, there are multiple audits conducted throughout the election cycle. After each election, five percent of all precincts and early voting machines are recounted and audited and close races are always open to be audited by campaigns if they choose. Additionally, logic and accuracy tests are performed before every election on our voting equipment.
How will polling places check voters in if their internet goes down? Are there hard copies of the pollbooks at all polling places?
Madison County election day polling places are designed to function without Internet access, and without electricity if necessary. Polling places used paper voter applications and pollbooks. We experience violent wind and hail events in Madison County and our election day polling place operations are designed to accommodate those events
What's the plan if a machine breaks, especially during peak times?
If the tabulator is down, voters place their paper ballot in a secure ballot bin for scanning at a later time when the tabulator is repaired or replaced. We have multiple election support personnel, strategically located throughout the County to respond to any additional needs at the polling places, including repairing and replacing machines that are not working properly.
Does our district use electronic voting or paper ballots? Will each polling center have pre-printed signage that instructs voters on alternative options? What plans are there to accommodate voters with disabilities in this case?
At Madison County, our voters use a paper ballot marked with a pen, or use of a touch-screen device that marks a paper ballot. There are plenty printed signs posted at the polling places to guide voters. In addition, at the time of check-in, elections workers can help with accommodations for any special needs or preferences.
At polling places that use paper ballots, are there enough copies for 100% of registered voters? What about adequate numbers of provisional ballots?
Each precinct is supplied with enough paper ballots and provisional ballots to handle the turnout. In addition, we have multiple regional election support personnel, strategically located throughout the County, to respond to any additional needs at the polling places.