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Champaign County Uses New Machines for Early Voting
"This machine gives us the capability of making any location in the county available to any voter in the county." said Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten.
If you've voted early in Champaign County chances are you've run into a machine like this.
It's a more advanced ballot processing machine and this early voting cycle is the first time its being used in Champaign County.
"So this is right now the latest and greatest technology for optical scan ballots which is what we use here in Champaign County." Hulten said.
The clerks office was able to buy a few handfuls of the machines last year with a combination of grant money and budget surplus money.
But there are not enough to handle every polling place on election day. So after early voting ends Saturday ,you won't see them again until early voting for November's general election.
"Voters who vote on election day will see the same familiar optical scan tabulators in use in Champaign County that we've used for about the last 10 years." Hulten said.
If people do take advantage of the last day of early voting... Or wait until election day... No matter what county you're voting in... There is one main difference between voting in the primary... And the general election.
"Voters should be prepared to tell their judges when they vote, what party ballot they would like."
But in Champaign County, Clerk Gordy Hulten says everyone should visit his office's website before casting their ballot.
"You can download a sample ballot there and do research on which candidates and which issues you'd like to vote on before you show up on election day, and that may make your voting experience move along a little quicker." he said.