Before heading to the polls today, county election officials said to double check your polling location, as it might have changed from the last election.
Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said the county has decreased the number of polling locations from 171 at the last election to 153 for today. Two polling locations, one in Butler Twp. and one in Harrison Twp. were also changed because of damage cause by the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.
Those who had voted at the New Life Worship Center will now vote at the Hopeland Church at 6025 Miller Lane today. Those who previously voted at the North Wesleyan Center in Harrison Twp. will vote at the Teamsters Hall 957 at 2719 Armstrong Lane.
Voters’ whose polling location has changed since the last election should have gotten a postcard in the mail two weeks ago, Kelly said. To check a polling location, go to the Montgomery County Board of Elections website.
On Monday, the Board of Elections approved remade absentee ballots that were marked in the wrong part of the ballot, damaged in the mail or filled out with pencil and the new machines were not able to read them.
The new machines read black pen best, Kelly said. There will be black pens at the polls on Tuesday, she said.
Montgomery County spend about $8 million on new election equipment. County election officals say the new machines are user-friendly.
The vendors of the new election equipment will be in town on Tuesday just in case there are any issues with the new system.
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Chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Elections Rhine McLin said that all feedback she’s gotten from voters who have used the new machines has been positive.
“Everyone likes getting a receipt, they like being able to see it,” McLin said. “This new voting equipment will be our legacy as a board.”
There have been just under 5,000 early ballots cast as of Sunday. About 2,000 of those have been absentee.
Kelly said voter turnout in the 2015 election was 40%.
Today, she predicts that about 20% of registered voters will come out to vote.
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