No More Punch Cards

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Voters in Lansing will notice something different when they visit the polls Tuesday: No more punch cards.

The city will instead rely on more than six dozen optical scan machines.

"It's very user-friendly, and it's more visually-oriented than the punch card machines were," said Debbie Miner, Lansing City Clerk. The machines also alert a voter immediately if an error is made, such as voting for too many people in one category.

The new machines were first used in May for the LCC Board of Trustees election. However, voter turnout was small. Tuesday's citywide election will be the first "real" test.

Miner said she doesn't expect any problems.