Changes coming to Montgomery County's new paper ballot voting system

Jim Melwert
June 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montgomery County officials will make some changes to their new paper ballot voting system before the fall election.

Montgomery County elections board chief clerk Lee Soltysiak says they got a lot of feedback on the new paper-ballot system, but they heard some complaints more than others. High on that list, confusion over an alert for under-voting. If a category asked to vote for three candidates and someone only voted for two, the scanner would spit the ballot out and ask if it was intentional.

"And in future elections we will turn off that feature," Soltysiak said.

Addressing another popular concern, Soltysiak says the voter should always be the one feeding the ballot into the machine.

"A poll worker should never scan your ballot for you," he said, "unless you specifically request assistance."

As for the small-tipped sharpie voters were given to fill out the ballots, Soltysiak says that's based a recommendation from the manufacturer of the machine, fast drying ink to avoid smears, the small tip to avoid accidental votes and to allow write-ins.