Lyon County is joining the rest of the state in adopting electronic sign-in and tablet-style voting machines.
New machines will be rolled out at polling places during this year’s June 12 primary election.
Last year the legislature approved $8 million in funding for updated voting machines for Nevadans. Lyon County received a share of $1.8 million spread between rural counties (all except Clark and Washoe). The $465,000 the county received covered about half of the cost for the 150 new machines in Lyon County.
After signing in electronically, voters will insert a voter card into a large tablet to bring up their ballot. Voters will mark their choices by touching the screen, and unlike a paper ballot, can mark and unmark a selection multiple times.
After all selections are made, voters will move their voter card to another machine to print their selections. The printout “gives them more confidence the system is working,” Lyon County Clerk/Treasurer Nikki Bryan said.
“A lot of people are maybe intimidated a little by computers, but there’s always going to be someone there to offer assistance,” she added. “We can’t’ tell you who to vote for, but we can help you with the technology.”
For voters who don’t want to use the new tablets, voting absentee still guarantees a paper ballot.
Lyon County has eight polling places in 40 precincts. About one-third of the county’s population usually votes in the primary, and about two-thirds vote in regular elections.
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