COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Northern Kentucky voters will be using new
voting machines in the May primary that officials say will speed
the voting process and improve accountability.
The machines will be used in Boone, Campbell , Kenton, Gallatin
and Grant counties. The Kentucky Enquirer reports that the
"e-Scan" paper ballot voting machines were bought with federal
grants from the Help America Vote Act.
The machines will replace ones dating to the 1970s.
"These machines are going to be a lot more accurate and have a
lot more backup," said Rick Riddell, director of voter
registration for the Boone County Clerk's Office.
He said the new machines will eliminate long lines at the polls.
Casting the ballot will involve filling out a ballot and feeding
it into the machine, which looks like a computer printer.
When the ballot is cast, it goes into a secure, locked
compartment underneath the voting machine.
The compartment is sealed before the polls open, and it isn't
reopened for at least 21 days following the election, per state
law. The machines will be stored in a locked room at each county
clerk's office following the election.
The county clerk's offices won't count the ballots by hand
unless a candidate requests an official recount. Instead, they'll
tabulate the votes on election night by reading a data card secured
inside each machine.
And if electric power is lost, votes won't be lost: the
machine's internal memory will retain that information on the data
Voters won't be able to use the e-Scan machines until the power
is restored, but they can use the e-Slate machines.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
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