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With new machines, Ray meets election requirements

Brent Wagoner explains new voting equipment to County Clerk Glenda Powell, center, and staff members Rebecca Adams, left, and Janet Crowley. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Brent Wagoner explains new voting equipment to County Clerk Glenda Powell, center, and staff members Rebecca Adams, left, and Janet Crowley. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

By Sara Seidel/Richmond News Staff

Civics classes teach that voting is critical to the function of democracies, so it may stand to reason that it’s valuable to make voting easier and more efficient for everyone involved.

In Ray County, that means replacing old voting equipment with new units. County Clerk Glenda Powell oversaw the switch-out June 17 at the courthouse.

“The new ones will be a lot better,” she said. “I think once people get used to them, they’ll like them.”

The county purchased 13 touch screens, one for each voting precinct and one for absentee voting. The new systems also include tabulating devices.

The ballot appears on a touch screen, and when voters complete their choices, they hit a “Done” button on the screen. The new machines actually print a paper ballot, which voters then slide into the tabulating device, Powell said.

“It should give them more peace of mind” knowing that their ballot is properly marked and tabulated, Powell said, adding that voters can also change mistakes to their printed ballots before submitting them.

Powell said the state requires counties to make touch screen equipment available during national elections. Brent Wagoner of Henry M. Adkins Election Services said the new equipment keeps the county compliant with the Help America Vote Act, which requires counties to make voting accessible to people with reduced mobility or vision impairments.

The complete story is in the Thursday, June 25, 2015 Richmond News.

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