Premier Optical Scan with AutoMARK Voting System

All direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines used after January 1, 2006, must have an accessible voter-verified paper audit trail, pursuant to California Elections Code Section 19250. All voters voting on an electronic voting machine should review and verify their ballot choices on this printed paper record, prior to finalizing and casting their ballot. Once the ballot is cast, this paper record of the ballot is retained inside the voting machine as part of the election audit trail to verify the accuracy of the votes recorded. In accordance with California law, voters do not get a printed paper record of their vote choices.

California counties that use Premier Optical Scan with AutoMARK:

Marin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou.

Premier Optical Scan

Step 1: Fill in Ballot Correctly

  • With a blue or black pen, COMPLETELY fill in the OVAL next to the candidate or issue of your choice.
  • If you wish to vote for a declared WRITE-IN candidate, find the blank line provided for "Write-In."
  • Clearly write the name of the eligible write-in candidate on the blank line. Fill in the oval next to the write-in line.


Step 2: Review Your Ballot

  • If you have questions, ask the poll worker for assistance. If you make a mistake, the poll worker will void the ballot and give you a new one.
  • When you have completed voting, place your ballot in the secrecy sleeve so your votes cannot be seen.


Step 3: Take Ballot to Scanner

  • Take your ballot to the optical scan unit and feed the ballot into the unit as shown. This will cast your vote. Return the secrecy sleeve to a pollworker. If you need assistance, a pollworker will help you.