SPRINGFIELD — Voters will have a new machine to look forward to when they step into the booth on August 7th for primaries.
We are less than a week away from the August 7th Primary, and voters will have some new technology to look forward to when they step into the booth.
Once voters are checked in with their election judges, Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller says the “Express Vote” machine makes things more clear for the voter than their old technology.
“They’ll have a card they’ll be able to insert into this machine, they’ll be able to cast their vote selections. Our previous equipment it would scroll up inside the machine. The voter was actually never able to see that ballot again once they hit cast,” Schoeller says.
Now, there is an option to review your ballot after it’s printed.
“They can review it on the screen, they can print it out, but they may look at it, ‘Wait a minute, that’s not who I wanted to vote for.’ Then, they go back we can get them a new ballot, and they can go ahead and vote that ballot again,” Schoeller says.
Once your ballot is complete and printed then you’ll submit it. The Express Vote machine also speeds things up at the two general polling locations just in case you aren’t near your normal voting precinct on election day.
“We have 99 different ballot types, we can be able to a lot more quickly and efficiently check that voter in to vote, and be able to get them the right ballot, allow them to vote and then go on with their day,” Schoeller says.
Once votes go into a tallying machine, they are kept secure by a heavily encrypted memory stick.
“Then we take those results, load them onto a different memory stick, and then we take it to a different computer, that is on the (internet), so we can go ahead and upload that so everyone watching the race can get those results. Once we have used that memory stick, it is placed aside for the night and not used again,” Schoeller says.
If you are out of your normal voting precinct on election day, you can go to either the Greene County Courthouse or Missouri State University’s Welcome Center to vote.
All polling places next Tuesday open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.