2018-07-11 / News

Election workers get look at new voting machines

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley @mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — A handful of election workers and local officials strolled in and out of the jury assembly room at the Lapeer County Government Complex Monday to get a look at and try out the county’s new voting machines.

County Clerk Theresa Spencer said voters will have the opportunity to choose between touch screen and paper ballots in next month’s primary.

She said in addition to the 41 regular voting machines and 25 Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant machines they purchased from Dominion Voting Systems Inc., as part of a statewide program to upgrade voting equipment, townships and cities bought enough extra touch-screen voting machines that all but four communities will have their own touch-screen voting machines for each precinct.

However, she noted, the technology allows voters in Almont Township, Imlay City, Attica Township and Mayfield Township, to use the touch-screen machines regardless of which precinct they live in. She said the Dominion Voting Systems Inc., machines use programmable cards that allow it to accurately keep track of multiple precincts.

Deputy Clerk Lynette Stanford said the new voting machines will read a ballot no matter how they are put in the machine and the touch screen will allow voters to change choices, if they wish, before printing a paper ballot.

Spencer noted one small change on August’s ballots will be that voters will fill a small oval instead of completing an arrow to indicate their choices.

Spencer has set up a series of training sessions for election workers around the county. The next one will be today (Wednesday, July 11) from 2 to 4 p.m. in the county commission chambers in the basement of the Lapeer Complex Building.

Additional sessions are slated for 2 to 4 p.m. July 19 at the Hadley Township Hall, 4293 Pratt Rd., and at the county complex, 255 Clay St. from 10 a.m. to noon July 20; 6 to 8 p.m. July 24 at the Lapeer County Annex, Room 302, 287 West Nepessing St.; and back at the county complex from 10 a.m. to noon July 25.

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