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New Voting Machines Revealed by Tompkins County


For this upcoming primary and general election, voters in Dryden, Groton, Cayuga Heights, and Trumansburg, will be voting with brand new voting machines. The new machines are part of a $600,000 investment by the county.

Tompkins County says the new machines will be introduced during the village elections for the municipalities mentioned above on March 19th and then introduced county-wide by the April 2nd Presidential Primary.

“With the introductions of the new machines Tompkins County voters won’t notice a big change in the voting process. The goal of introducing the new machines is to improve the voter experience while utilizing up-to-date technology.”

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The Tompkins County Board of Elections says the new machines being introduced are smaller in size, faster at ballot processing, hold more ballots than previous, and reduce possible paper-jams.

The machines are manufactured by Clear Ballot Group and have been certified by the New York State Board of Elections for use within the state.

Additionally, polling places will offer an ADA compliant option which will allow voters to independently indicate their vote and will then print a ballot for the voter to then cast. The new ADA compliant machine reduces the time it takes to vote by 25 minutes.

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