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New voting machines in Montgomery County

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Easy to start up, easy to cast your vote, and the new machine even tabulates the votes in a matter of seconds, requiring less volunteer man-hours at the polls.

Montgomery County registrar Randy Wertz says the new unison machine is the perfect combination of simplicity and accuracy.

"It meets our needs perfectly in Montgomery County," Wertz said.

 It eliminates the uncertainty of touch screen polls that came from last years presidential election.

"The problem was that individuals didn't really trust them, because they felt that because there was no paper trail, that they weren't sure that the vote that the voter put in was actually recorded," Wertz said.

But that's no longer an issue with this new machine. All paper votes are stored inside, in case there's ever a question about the electronic results.

"If there is ever a recount, and the court tells us to count the ballots again, we can either do it by putting it through another machine, or actually counting them by hand," Wertz said.

The machine can even tell voters if they voted too many times,or if they missed voting for a category all together.

It even records write in ballots by copying the image on the paper ballot, then printing it at the end of the night, so the election officials can record the vote.

Each machine runs around 15 thousand dollars--but can do the job of an entire precinct.

it's an investment Wertz says is well worth it.

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