Voters in 42 counties expected to use new voting machines for primary

When voters in 42 Kentucky counties head to the polls next Tuesday for the primary election, they'll likely be using new voting machines.

The Secretary of State's office says the new equipment, called eScans, is a precinct-based voting system that digitally captures voter selections on printed ballots, and integrates vote totals from absentee-by-mail and electronic voting systems to produce a single set of election reports.

Officials say more than 90 Kentucky counties already use the machines for absentee balloting. The new systems are expected to help reduce the time for unofficial vote totals to be tabulated on election night.

The Secretary of State's office says seven counties first used the new systems during the 2008 primary election, and 27 counties followed in the 2008 general election.

Officials say voters, precinct officials, and county clerks liked the machines.

According to the Secretary of State's office, the following counties are among those that have purchased the new systems, and are expected to use them in the primary election: Adair, Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Grant, Jessamine, Madison, Mason, Mercer, Montgomery, Nelson, Pike, Pulaski, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Washington, Whitley, and Woodford.

Clark County has also purchased the new machines, but is not expected to use them in next week's primary.

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