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Once your ballot has been accepted, the PCOS machine scans the ballot.

PCOS machine scans the ballot

What can go wrong: The PCOS machine may not read the voter’s choices correctly; it only gives a confirmation message that the voter’s ballet has been accepted. COMELEC has disabled the feature that will verify that the machine has interpreted the voter’s choice correctly, violating Art. 7 of RA 9369 (Automated Election System Law).

What COMELEC says: According to COMELEC, verification of the actual votes is not necessary because it is the voter who shaded his or her own ballot. Besides, the process will take too long. Voters will have to trust that the machine will read their votes correctly.

What you can do: You can join others in pressuring the COMELEC to enable the verification feature of the machine to ensure the transparency of the voting process. On election day, make sure you see the confirmation message on the PCOS screen before leaving the polling station.

As soon as the PCOS machine is done scanning the ballots, the BEI will close the polls to prevent additional ballots from being inserted.

Polls are closed

What can go wrong: The polls are still open by the end of the voting period.
What you can do: Stay behind to watch and make sure that no other ballots are being fed into the machine

Polls are closed

What can go wrong: If there is a 100% voter turnout, the PCOS machine may not be able to hold all 1,000 paper ballots.
What COMELEC says: COMELEC says that all ballots will fit into the unit, but this claim has not yet been tested.

What you can do: Make sure that all ballots are intact and that the PCOS machines are not opened at any time.

The PCOS Machine starts the tallying process automatically.

The PCOS counts the votes

What can go wrong: At the beginning of election day, the PCOS machine should show a zero report. Instead, the machine prints a summary that shows the total number of votes of each candidate.

What COMELEC says: Two or three days before the elections, every single PCOS machine will be calibrated. There is no way for a zero report to not get printed on election day.

What you can do: If the PCOS machine does not print a zero report, poll watchers should contact the BEI and ask for a new machine. This will prevent the possible rigging of votes.

The PCOS counts the votes

What can go wrong: A discrepancy in numbers, where the number of votes do not match the voter turnout.

What COMELEC says: To countercheck the results, COMELEC will randomly visit precincts and do a manual count of ballots.

What you can do: Examine the printed election returns (ER) posted in the precinct to see if the voter turnout and number of votes match. Alert the poll watchers and the media if you spot any discrepancies.

The PCOS counts the votes

What can go wrong: The machine does not print copies of the ER. Ideally, it should print 8 copies of the ER before the transmission and 22 more copies afterwards. There should be a total of 30 ER copies.

What COMELEC says: Each PCOS unit has a compact flash (CF) card where the images of the scanned ballots and voting results are stored. If this happens, the CF card can be easily removed and inserted in another PCOS machine, which will then print the ERs.

What you can do: If this happens, follow the BEI and keep your eye on the CF card to prevent any switching. Make sure the ERs are printed properly.

After the ballots are counted and ERs are successfully printed, the election officer will insert a transmission cable onto the machine. The PCOS unit electronically transmits the results to the municipal board of canvassers, the central server, and servers for political parties, KBP, and PPCRV.

PCOS sends electronic transmissions of the results

What can go wrong: Poor signal or no signal, preventing the unit from sending the results.

What COMELEC says: The BEI can find a better satellite signal or change the SIM cards. If this does not work, the BEI will take the CF card of the unit and go to the nearest precinct. A functioning PCOS will then be used to transmit the results.

What you can do: Follow the BEI and keep your eye on the CF card to prevent any switching. If the PCOS unit is being transported, make sure nobody removes the ballots from the machine.