Voting process the same, just with a larger screen on the machineWhen you cast your ballot this primary, the screen of the voting machine will be larger and easier to read.
By: Naomi Yaeger, Duluth News Tribune
When you cast your ballot this primary, the screen of the voting machine will be larger and easier to read.
“It’s a nicer viewing screen for the voters,” said Martha Oswald, assistant city clerk.
The old machines were 13 years old and Oswald said the city council approved the new machines which were purchased off a state contract at the same time that Hennepin and Anoka Counties purchased new machines. “It was time to update the technology and the software.” The new voting machines use a jump drive instead of a card, which was the size of a hotel keycard, to collect voter data.
Oswald says the voting process will be the same as other years. The larger screen may be the only change that voters notice. The ballot will be the same. “Basically it’s a better thing for the voters, not much of a difference for us (the city clerk’s office), but the voter will notice a difference if they spoil their ballot.”
The old machines were traded in and 36 new machines were purchased. All of the 34 voting precincts will have new voting machines. Two more machines than the number of precincts were purchased in order that there are a couple spare.
Oswald, who will be retiring soon, said when she started the lever machines were in use. “Lever machines were good machines, but they were more prone to human error.”