County is excited to receive new voting equipment that voters will be able to
use in the March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.
Dominion Voting Systems was chosen by
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to implement their verified paper ballot
systems to be used in upcoming Georgia elections.
“Election officials and voters alike can be
assured they are using the most modern, accessible and security-focused system
on the market today, with paper ballots for every vote cast to ease auditing
and ensure confidence in results,” said said Dominion CEO John Poulous.
These new ballot systems will replace the
current touchscreen direct-recording electronic voting machines that have been
in use since 2002. As those machines have an eight year life expectancy, this
change is 17 years overdue.
The new machines feature larger LED screens,
meaning more space between ballot options, with the additional safeguard of a
print ballot that voters can review prior to submitting their votes.
“After the voters place their votes on the
screen, the ballots will print, voters can review their choices, and then they
scan the ballot that drops into a ballot box after it is done scanning,” said
Tina Lunsford, Director of Elections and Voter Registration.
Additionally, the cost for the new machines
will not be coming out of county funds. Rather, the state is footing the bill.
Henry County will receive 650 pieces of the
new voting equipment, up from the 400 pieces currently in use, which is liable
to speed up the voting process.
The Henry County Voters Registration office
will be open every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Voters are welcome to
come try out the new voting machines on a demonstration ballot.