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Wisconsin Counties to Use New Voting Machines in 2014 Elections

Wisconsin Counties to Use New Voting Machines in 2014 Elections

By Associated Press. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Several Wisconsin counties will be using new voting machines in upcoming elections.

A Wisconsin Public Radio report says the new machines are intended to be more secure and reliable.

For example, when a ballot is fed into the new machines, the screen will show whether it was accepted properly or whether there was a problem.

The machine will also scan and record an image of the ballot. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says the process is randomized so the ballot isn't linked to a specific person, but the image provides another record of the ballot in case something happens to the original.

The new machines will go into use in Brown, Dane, Jefferson, and La Crosse counties. McDonell says Portage and Wood counties already have these types of voting machines.