Voting system demos available

County officials to offer free trials of new machines

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Voters who want to learn more about Routt County's new voting system have a chance to try it in person.

Officials from the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office will provide demonstrations at luncheons and in the evenings throughout the next few weeks.

Earlier this year, the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to use the company HART Intercivic to provide the county's new voting machines. The machines are necessary to meet state and federal laws.

The county will have more than 30 new voting units. The new machines replace the county's paper ballot system. They use a system called e-Slate, which allows voters to scroll through options and then press a button to make selections.

"I'm really excited," said County Clerk Kay Weinland. "The system is awesome."

Weinland said the demonstrations are important because they will give voters a chance to try the system hands-on.

"I want residents to be comfortable and confident with the equipment when they go to vote," Weinland said.

The demonstrations are:

6 to 7 p.m. July 19, Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24, South Routt Community Center, 227 Dodge Ave. in Oak Creek

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25, Hayden Masonic hall, 299 W. Jefferson Ave.

6 to 7 p.m. July 25, Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26, Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1255 Lincoln Ave.

6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1, Centennial Hall, 124 10th Street in Steamboat Springs

6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln Ave.

"We're going to do a lot of public education in the weeks leading up to the primary," Weinland said. "I'm really excited for what we have in store."

To reach Dana Strongin call 871-4229 or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.

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