Commission Looking Into New Voting Machines

In an effort to ensure each vote is counted and verified in upcoming elections, Marshall County Clerk Jan Pest and the county commission are looking into new voting machines that would provide more accurate information.

During a meeting of the commission Tuesday, Commissioner Brian Schambach said the county has been researching new electronic voting machines, with the hope of implementing them first in a few select precincts for early voting during a primary election.

Eventually, the county would implement the technology at every polling location.

Pest explained the software would store and recognize a voter’s signature when they show up to their respective polling place and would then produce a ballot based on that voter’s information. She said it would put an end to antiquated voter registration printouts, which must be made before every election in the county for verification purposes.

“It marks immediately that that person voted,” Pest said.

Additionally, Pest said the technology would allow for a voter’s signature to be updated in county’s system.

“If someone registered when they were 20, that signature has probably changed if they’re 60,” she said, adding it would increase the accuracy of voting records.

Pest and the commissioners said they will continue to research the available options before making a decision.

In other matters, the commission approved the purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe by the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management. The vehicle will be purchased from Robinson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC in Wheeling for $25,043.

The commission also appointed former Marshall County Sheriff John Gruzinskas as a new member of the board of directors for Grand Vue Park.