Election will use paper ballots
A new process for voting will be in effect now, with early voting for the May 6th Primary Elections beginning April 16.
A new process for voting will be in effect now, with early voting for the May 6th Primary Elections beginning April 16. The old e-slate machines have been replaced with paper ballots that will be fed into an optical scanner to be counted.
Several candidates visited the Election Commission office last Thursday to get a look at how the new system worked.
Unlike the previous machines, where voting was done entirely electronically, the new system uses a paper ballot. Voters will mark their selection on the ballot in ink. Deputy Election Administrator Nathan Hitson said it did not matter if the boxes being marked were completely filled in or just marked. The scanner wil pick up the marks either way, and will alert voters if a race has been left blank or if more than one candidate has been marked.
The paper ballots are numbered and printed on special paper that is recognized by the scanner. If copies of the ballot are made, the ballot will be rejected.
The scanners sit atop large bins. Once a ballot has been scanned in, it remains in the bin. Administrator Steve Gaddis said that will ensure voting never has to stop. If there is an issue, the ballots are still there and are able to be counted.
Each precinct will also have a handicap accessible unit for those unable to use the paper ballots. An audio headset can be utilized with the ADA unit.
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