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Chickasaw County looking at upgrading voting machines at polling places

New machines work similar to a smartphone, but allow for fixing selections

New Hampton, Iowa – Chickasaw County is looking at upgrading their current voting software from what they have now to a faster more user friendly machine.

Mark Fredericks with Henry M. Adkins and Sons Inc presented new OVI machines, which run similar to a smart phone.

 

The machine is ADA compliant and used in every voting place as required by the state.

Fredericks says each county uses them differently but one idea could eliminate some paper absentee balloting.

 

The machine will not allow you to select a candidate and then move on to the next page, unless you’v seen all available selections.  In case of accidentally choosing the wrong candidate, the software requires users to deslect your choice and select another option.

He says you can change your vote if there’s a selection mistake by re-scanning a QR code, but there’s a limit.

 

These machines could replace what the auditor’s office uses now and Fredericks couldn’t specify a quote but mentioned a trade-in value for 10 would cost $21,000.

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