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Grady County is the proud new owner of 66 touch screen voting machines that were delivered here last Wednesday.
Grady County Election Superintendent Denise Maddox says each of the new machines is equipped with a printer that will print a paper copy of each voter’s ballot. Voters can review their selections to insure accuracy and then the paper ballots are deposited into a scanner for tabulation. Each of the county’s 13 precincts will be equipped with a new scanner.
Local poll workers are scheduled to be trained on the operation of the new machines on Thursday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Maddox is also inviting any interested voter to stop by the Grady County Agri-Center to learn firsthand how the new machines function.
The new voting system will be used for the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary election to be held March 24.
“The machines really are not that much different from the old machines other than it prints out a paper ballot. Voters can be assured that the selections they made on the screen is what is printed out on their ballot. If they are satisfied with their ballot then they will place it into the scanner which will record each voters’ selections,” Maddox said.
The election superintendent also reminds local residents that the last day to register for the March 24 election is Feb. 24.
Advanced in-person voting for the Presidential Preference Primary will be held March 2 – 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The early voting has been moved back to the first floor of the Grady County Courthouse. Voters should enter the courthouse through the North door, on the side nearest Roddenbery Memorial Library, in order to vote.
One day of Saturday voting is planned for Saturday, March 14, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“We would be happy for anyone to drop by the Agri-Center on Thursday and we can show them how the new machines work,” Maddox said.
For more information about voting or upcoming elections contact Maddox’s office at (229) 377-4621.