A Look at the System That Keeps Voting Results Secure
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Tens of thousands of ballots have come into the Mesa County election headquarters so far. Election officials can't even take a peek at the results until the polls close on Election Day, so how do they keep them secure?
Leading up to Election Day, Sheila Reiner, Mesa County clerk and recorder, is the county's most important security guard.
She oversees more than 200 volunteers who are a part of an intricate system to handle each and every ballot that comes in.
Reiner also has to make sure no information leaves the office.
"Those disks are kept in a secured location," she explained.
Every time the machine is used to scan ballots, a seal is broken, a report is printed and a new seal must be reapplied for the next use.
A security scan allows access to the locked room that has been prepared for Election Day.
All machines are equipped with eight seals, both on the inside and outside.
"The seals keep this location secure and free from tampering, as well as the door locks on the exterior doors," said Reiner.
When it comes time for tabulating the actual results, only two people in the entire county can access the system.
"Everything has to be done in teams, so whenever we go into a room, we can't go in unaccompanied and touch anything that has to do with the voting equipment," Reiner added.
Cameras are running in every room to monitor operations and ensure every vote goes exactly where it's supposed to.