BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
Trenton residents will be using new voting machines at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7, part of a statewide initiative to replace outdated equipment and improve the voting process.
In addition to a large screen and automated guidance features, City Clerk Debbie Devitt said the biggest advantage of the new machines is that they catch mistakes right away.
“If the voter marks a ballot wrong or overvotes, the machine will reject it and give the voter the opportunity to correct the error,” said Devitt.
At the end of the day, spoiled ballots shouldn’t be an issue, she said. Voters with special needs will have an easier time, too, because the machine adapts to their use.
A $30 million grant the state procured through the Help America Vote Act means there is no cost to the city (maintenance costs are covered for five years, too.) Wayne County communities selected Dominion Voting Systems, a Canadian company based in Toronto. City leaders did decide to purchase an additional tabulator for $5,590, Devitt said.
As a reminder, Precinct 1 is at City Hall and Precinct 7 is at Community Bible Church (the former Taylor Elementary School). Precincts 2 through 6 are at the Westfield Activities Building.