New Voting Systems In Dodge County For Primary

(Juneau) Voters in Dodge County will see new equipment when they head to the polls for next Tuesday’s spring primary election. The new hardware and software was purchased through Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Nebraska. The voting system allows for programming and the receipt of unofficial election returns at the county-level as well as new tabulators and modems at the municipal level. The tabulators will notify voters if their ballot has been counted or not. If there is an error, the voter will be notified and will be given the opportunity to recast the ballot or request up to three new ballots. If the submission is successful voters will receive a message reading: ‘Thank you for voting. Your ballot has been counted.’ Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says the technology allows for all municipalities to report at the same time and no longer relies on telephone lines in reporting results. She says the new equipment will make for more efficient returns on election night. Two-thirds of the funding for the tabulators and the election equipment was provided by Dodge County with the local municipalities contributing the balance.