Primary voting goes smoothly with new electronic machines, county clerk says |

Primary voting goes smoothly with new electronic machines, county clerk says

Despite some worries that new voting machines may present problems, Tuesday’s primary election went off without a hitch.”First thing in the morning, we had a couple of glitches, but we got them worked out and (the machines) ran fine all the rest of the day,” said Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Mildred Alsdorf.At each voting center throughout Garfield County, voters were offered the option of either the new HartIntercivic machine or a paper ballot, and Alsdorf said a slight majority of voters chose the mechanical route.”I think once the voters get used to using them, they’ll be fine,” said Alsdorf. “We had a couple people throughout the county unhappy with the machines, but change is always hard. Most of my polling judges said that everybody was happy (with the new system).”Alsdorf added that the new machines are a distinct improvement over the previous voting system.”I liked my optic scan that I had because it was a very good machine, but this way, when the judges bring in their equipment from the polling places, we don’t have to run the ballots back through and count them. We just had to tally the votes,” said Alsdorf. “The whole thing it comes down to is that it’s very efficient.”A total of 588 voters turned out to participate in Tuesday’s primary, which is only 2 percent of the 26,093 registered voters in Garfield County. But as Alsdorf noted, out of all the various races, only one party primary in the county was actually in contention – the GOP candidacy for Senate District 7 (most of which is in Mesa County), which wound up going to Republican Josh Penry over Matt Smith.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529

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