Election Officials Track Votes To Ensure We Vote Only Once

11:08 PM, Oct 20, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - In less than 20 days, Americans will select their next president. And they'll pick him through absentee ballots, early voting, or at the polls on election day.

With all these opportunities to exercise our right to vote, election officials in Guilford County say they are keeping a close eye on us to make sure we only vote once.

"Everybody who has already voted prior to our printing the registration books for election day, it prints on that label "absentee" that they've already voted. If I go down to an early voting site and call up someone's name who has already voted either by mail or another early voting site, it will come up and say, this person has already voted," said George Gilbert,  Guilford County Board of Elections Director.

Gilbert says the votes are all driven by the same computer system.

He says, anytime someone is recording voting by mail, it's recorded on their voter registration record and that comes up at both early voting sites and on election day.

"It's pretty hard for people, even by accident vote twice. It occurs but we can always identify, retrieve and cancel the absentee ballots. So even if someone does slip through the cracks and vote again on Election Day, we can go back and cancel that original absentee ballot," explained Gilbert.

Gilbert says those registration books are completed after each absentee ballot is accounted for, typically the Monday night before Election Day.

READ: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EARLY VOTING IN THE TRIAD

If you haven't registered to vote, you can do so at early voting precincts.

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