How to mark your ballot

Optical scan ballots

All voters in Michigan use optical scan ballots. Optical scan voting requires voters to either darken an oval or connect the head and tail of an arrow next to each of their choices on their ballot. Completed ballots are fed into a tabulator, which scans and records the votes.

Voters with disabilities may use the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal, which provides them with the opportunity to vote a secret ballot in complete privacy. The AutoMARK system uses the same optical scan ballot available to all voters. It does not count votes, but simply marks the voter's selections on the ballot. Voters select their choices using a touch screen. Adaptive devices such as foot pedals, a puff-sip device, stylus or Braille coded-key pad may be used to assist voters in making their selections. The completed ballot is fed into a tabulator, which scans and records the votes.

Please click this link to our Elections YouTube channel for videos about using optical scan voting equipment and the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal.

 

Instructions for completing your ballot

  TO VOTE: Completely darken the oval opposite each choice as shown: Marking optical scan ballot that uses ovals
 

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  TO VOTE: Complete the arrow opposite each choice as shown: Image: Marking optical scan ballot that uses arrows

 

Please click this link to our Ballot Instructions for additional information on how to mark your ballot.