SHEFFIELD TWP. — Officials won’t have to toss $5 million in electronic voting equipment, the
Touch-screen voting machines have been under fire in
That caused big delays in counting the ballots. It also convinced officials to scrap
But a report Thursday from
The state is not going to force anyone to stop using touch-screen machines, because investigators found that problems in the
Eight spot-on recounts following the November election are evidence that
Board member Robert Rousseau was relieved to read the report because returning to paper ballots would be very costly, he said.
By law, the board would have to buy enough ballots for 101 percent of registered voters, he said — even though only about 20 percent turned out in the last election.
Electronic ballots also let the board put as many as a dozen precincts under the same roof, like at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in
Downgrading to old-style ballots would also mean six months of training on the equipment for staffers, he said.
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