Optical Scan Voting Ushered Into Ingham County

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

If you live in Ingham County you won't be voting on those controversial punch card ballots anymore.

The county now has its optical scan voting equipment, and Friday the City of Lansing displayed four of the machines so residents could practice before the next special election.

Rebecca Kellogg tried one out and says it's easy. City Clerk Debbie Miner agrees.

Instead of punching a hole next to your pick, you draw a line connecting two arrows. Then your ballot is fed through the machine. If there's an error, a report prints and you can cast your ballot again.

As required by the "Help America Vote Act," by 2006, all ballots will be cast using optical scan.

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