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County to have fewer precincts in primary

Garfield County voters will see fewer precincts in this year’s primary election Aug. 8.County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf has combined 27 precincts into nine voting places. The precinct consolidation will also be in effect for the November general election.The consolidation will “allow us to have fewer (election) judges,” Alsdorf said. “It’s just more convenient.”It’s also the wave of the future. Earlier this year the county contracted for electronic voting machines that will eliminate the paper ballots.The touch-screen voting machines will electronically tabulate the votes at each polling place, eliminating the time-consuming job of carrying the ballots back to the courthouse for counting.Last year, the Colorado Secretary of State mandated that electronic voting machines be in place in all counties in time for the 2006 elections. The machines will help the counties meet the requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002.With the new machines, the county can now go to a voting system that lets voters cast their ballots at any polling place whether they live in the particular precinct or not.In a voting center, election officials would be able to check a database of registered voters to make sure people don’t vote twice.Alsdorf said her office has not had enough time to select voting centers in time for the primary.For a list of the combined polling places and their locations, go to the county’s Web site at Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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