Politics

November 1, 2013

Maine election to feature new voting machines

The new machines include digital scanners that can catch mistakes by voters and save time in vote counting.

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — Many voters in Maine will be using enhanced technology when they cast their ballots in next week’s election.

The state is rolling out more than 400 new machines that include digital scanners that can catch mistakes by voters and save time in vote counting.

The new digital scanners will check the paper ballots for any obvious problems – such as a voter accidentally casting yes and no votes on the same ballot question – and provide the opportunity for a do-over.

Lewiston is among the communities using the new machines and City Clerk Kathy Montejo tells the Sun Journal she expects things to go smoothly on Tuesday.

She says the new technology could speed up the vote-counting process by ignoring write-in votes for candidates that are not pre-approved.

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