UPDATE: Several Wis. counties to use new voting machines

UPDATED Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 5:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Several Wisconsin counties will be using new voting machines in upcoming elections.

The new machines are intended to be more secure and reliable.
For example, when a ballot is fed into the new machines, the screen will show whether it was accepted properly or whether there was a problem.

The machine will also scan and record an image of the ballot. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says the process is randomized so the ballot isn't linked to a specific person, but the image provides another record of the ballot in case something happens to the original.

The new machines will go into use in Brown, Dane, Jefferson, and La Crosse counties. McDonell says Portage and Wood counties already have these types of voting machines

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, January 13, 2014 --- 7:03 p.m.

According to a release, voters may notice a change at the ballot box when voting for spring primaries.

The Dane County Clerk's Office said beginning Feb. 18 votes will be saved in the form of a digital photo of the anonymous ballots, for verification in the event of a recount.

Voters will also fill in ovals next to the name of candidates they wish to vote for instead of completing arrows.

The tabulators will also immediately inform voters whether their ballots are valid and a display message will appear on the screen with the appropriate directions.

“That validation process will take a few seconds,” said County Clerk Scott McDonell. “It’s important that people wait just a few seconds after inserting their ballot to make sure it’s been accepted. If you accidentally overvote or something else goes wrong, it’ll tell you that right away. We just really want people to know they need to give it that extra few seconds.”

The new scanners will be replacing 20-year-old voting machines, officials said. The uniformity of the machines countywide will ensure an easier night for poll workers.


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