Vernon County Adopts New Voting System

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VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – Vernon County is adopting a new voting system for its elections.

Complaints from residents are leading Vernon County to make changes to the way it holds its elections.

“Sometimes the calibration would be off as far as the touch screen portion goes. The hearing part, you know, for the headphones; it was tough to understand the person speaking in the middle of it,” says Mike Muehler, Vernon County Clerk.

Ali O’Dell of the Independent Living Center, an organization devoted to individuals with disabilities, says many voting procedures are too hard on people who face such challenges.

“One of the biggest things that we see is not everyone, even those working at the poll offices, know how to work the machines which is something that just happens. They don’t get training like a lot of other people,” says Ali O’Dell.

One big change in the new system is that they are compliant with the American With Disabilities Act.

“With these new devices, they have the hearing impaired, the seeing impaired capabilities for everybody. Also, they have the touch screen and it’s a really really cool system,” says Mike Muehler.

This accommodation isn’t the only advantage offered by the change.

“With this new one, they actually place the ballot into the machine and it actually prints that ballot and they have the ability to take a paper ballot and put it into the precinct counter. I feel like and what everyone’s told me is that they’re happy that there going to be able to actually put a ballot in there,” says Mike Muehler.

The new equipment will be unveiled at the primary elections in August.

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