New voting machines set for use in upcoming primary

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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New voting machines, being introduced to voters in both Antrim and Kalkaska counties next week during the primary election, will feature digital touch screens and improved tabulation, according to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office, which spent $30 million in federal funds to upgrade all of the voting equipment in Michigan's 83 counties by November's general election.



REGION – Residents in both Antrim and Kalkaska counties will find new voting equipment next Tuesday when they go to the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.

First rolled out by a sampling of downstate counties for the August 2017 primary election, three different types of touch-screen ballot systems are now in use throughout Michigan, with all counties scheduled for the upgraded equipment in time for the November general election.

Both Antrim and Kalkaska counties will be using the Dominion voter assist machines.

Voters will touch a screen to select a specific primary race, then mark the candidate of their choice on a paper ballot. When completely finished voting, the voter will manually feed their ballot into another machine to have their it tabulated and counted. The machine will confirm the ballot has been counted, or notify the voter if there is an error on the ballot.

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