New voting machines could mean quicker, more error-free elections

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Devante Hargrove of Palm Beach County Elections office explains the new machines, including this new scanner. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

By: Diane Emeott Korzen
Contributing Writer

No longer should ‘Flori-duh’ be the holdup in tallying Election Night returns if new technology plays any part in it.

The latest DS 200 scanners offer three variables in case a poll worker counting ballots forgets to record one or several votes. The scanner: 1) takes a photocopy of the ballot 2) issues a printed report 3) saves the actual ballot.

At the end of Election Night, it will modem the results through an online, secure network.

This means the public should get election results a lot faster. For municipal elections, results will be ready by 10 or 11 p.m. For a General Election, later, explained Devante Hargrove at a recent Open House to showcase the new machines.

Hargrove added that as soon as they close the polls, within 2 or 3 minutes, the outcome could be determined. “They will still verify it. Still tabulate the whole night,” he said.

The City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections office held the joint Open House for the public to see the new voting machines at Spanish River Library.

Spanish River Library will serve as a new early voting location. They received two DS 200 scanners – and three Express Vote machines. The Express Vote machines allow voters to sit down and vote.