I've been volunteering at my City Clerk's office as a poll worker working on preparing to count votes on vote-by-mail and early-voting ballots.
Our work is governed by very specific procedures (as it should be). How will all that change with Ranked-Choice balloting?
An example of a procedure: the airgapped scanning computer in each ballot box, when polls close, prints three copies of a cash-register-tape type report showing candidate/votes, &c. The polling place warden places one copy of the tape in a envelope, seals it, and hands it to a pair of other workers to deliver to City Hall accompanied by a police officer. The warden posts the second tape for public view, and puts the third one in a lockbox for secure archival.
This is Massachusetts USA. We use fill-in-the-oval paper ballots. Each ballot box has a scanner computer that counts the votes by scanning the darkened ovals. Those scanner machines print the register tapes. The scanner computers are airgapped, and not connected to any network. (We save the paper ballots in case there are questions or a recount, but otherwise we trust the scanners. It's a system with high integrity.)
Then somebody at City Hall writes the results on a whiteboard for all to see, and tells the state.
My question: when we have to start handling Ranked-Choice / Instant-Runoff style ballots, how will the register tape reports, and their roll-up, change? What information must be on each register tape? Will it be harder to transcribe and audit accurately?
How did they do it, practically speaking, in the state of Maine in 2018?
How are we going to actually do this? How hard will it be to train ourselves to do it right? Any experience and wisdom out there?
Edit In the comments, somebody told me to ask the City Clerk for instructions. He's right. We don't want our poll workers taking instructions from randos on the 'toobz. My question is more about "how does it work?" than "what are the steps to follow?"