Norristown, Montgomery County, PA — Voters in Montgomery County will be using new voting machines in the primary election on May 21, 2019. To keep the lines at the polls to a minimum and reduce any disruption Montgomery County is providing voters access the new machines before the election.
Supplying the voters with a verifiable paper balloting system was a primary goal in replacing the old machines which dated back to 1996.
In December 2018, the county issued a contract worth roughly $5.8 million to replace the aging voting system. The deal went to Dominion Voting Systems of Denver, Colorado and the new system provides for a voter-marked paper balloting system. The system includes a verifiable paper trail that can be audited to ensure that votes are being counted accurately.
The process is much different than the past system. Each voter will receive a paper ballot to mark. You will take your completed ballot and feed it into an optical scanner. Poll workers will be available to help.
There are two ways to learn how to cast your vote using the new equipment. One way is by watching short videos supplied by the county, and the other is to attend live demonstrations.
The Montgomery County website has posted three educational videos which are each about 3 minutes long.
Machine Demonstrations will be held at the following locations.
May 1 at 6 p.m. voting demo & 7 p.m. town hall
Upper Perkiomen Education Center
Multipurpose Room 2229
East Buck Road Pennsburg, PA 18073
May 6 at 6 p.m.
Arcadia University Great Room
450 S. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038
After the live demonstrations, the County Commissioners will be holding town hall-style meetings discussing items of importance to the residents of the County.
These meetings are titled “Conversation with the Commissioners.” It is the 8th consecutive year that the commissioners have held these forums.
The county has provided extensive poll worker training and is finishing the citizens' side of the training process. There are no further live demonstrations scheduled after the May 6 event in Glenside.
Any questions or concerns can be answered by the county which can be reached by phone at 610-278-3000.
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