Smooth Rollout For New Monroe County Voting Machines

Monroe County election officials avoided a repeat of last November's vote-counting delays while rolling out new voting machines.

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Slips like these, with bar codes on them, could be part of a new electronic voting system in Monroe County if a proposal before the election board wins unanimous approval.

Monroe County election officials say the rollout of new, paper-based voting machines helped streamline the ballot-counting effort in this year’s primary.

Technical snafus and miscommunications delayed Monroe County’s results in last November’s general election by more than two days.  This year, the final results came in before 11:30 on election night.

Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins says, unlike the old electronic voting machines, the new system relies on scanned paper ballots.

“It’s the wave of the future, believe it or not,” Robbins says. “I know there’s been comments about going backwards, but we’re not, it’s the wave of the future.”

Robbins says the new machines would help Monroe County transition to a vote center-style election in which a voter could cast his ballot at any polling place in the county. The county election board has repeatedly voted against them, however.

Kyle Stokes

Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.

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