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MOCO voters pleased with new paper ballots

March 20, 2020 - 06:00
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According to Morgan County Elections Supervisor Jennifer Doran, early voting in Morgan County, which began on March 2 at the Hancock Street office using the new paper ballots, is going well.

“We haven’t had a single complaint,” Doran said.

Doran said 342 voters had cast ballots in the presidential preference primary as of noon March 6 with another week of early voting set to begin on Monday, March 9, and continuing through Friday, March 13, from 8 a.m. and Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Surprisingly, more Republicans (187) have gone to the polls to vote for unopposed incumbent President Donald Trump than Democrats choosing from remaining candidates Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Tulsi Gabbard (some of the candidates on the Democratic ballot who have announced their withdrawal from the election are still on the ballot because they have not officially withdrawn from the Georgia primary).

As the close of voting on Tuesday, March 10, the numbers have evened out quite a bit with 514 votes cast and 250 of them on Democratic ballots, according to Doran.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, more than 64,000 Georgians had cast ballots using the new system. Statewide, 41,973 voters cast ballots in the Democratic primary with 21,844 cast on Republican ballots by the end of the day on March 6.

According to Doran, voters have been pleased the new paper ballots now is use.

Doran said the new system was tested with six pilot municipal elections in 2019, but this is the first statewide election using the new equipment.

Voters check in and receive a green voter card. Choices are made on the voting machines and voters can then print out the ballot. If an error is detected by the voter, the ballot can be voided, and the voter can start over to make the corrections. If the voter is satisfied with the ballot, it is scanned, stored and the process is complete.

The website says praise for the new voting process is coming in from all over the state, including from Congressman John Lewis who said the system was a great improvement over the previous one, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

The election scheduled for March 24 has been canceled.