New voter machines ensure accuracy

New Voting Machines

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU)--Northern Michigan Voters will have new machines for this August primary.

The old machines date back to the early nineties and it was time for a replacement

The ExpressVote Universal Voting System machines are larger and will be easier for voters to us said Bonnie Scheele, the Grand Traverse County Clerk

"Super voter friendly. The scanners is similar to what the people are used to in this county," said Scheele. "except that it has a big screen and it tells them that their vote has counted. Much more user friendly. The express vote is much easier than what we had before for anybody. We had a couple of handicap people come in and demo in my office and they loved them."

They will still print out paper ballots for accuracy.

The state had thirty million left over from the Help America Vote Act and the legislature added another ten million to the budget to help pay for the machines across the state.

Scheele said the machines will make for faster election results and greater voter confidence.

To see a demonstration you can go to their website at

They will also do live demonstrations for groups upon request.

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