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When Greene County voters go to the polls tomorrow, they'll notice that their precinct has a touch screen voting machine. Every precinct in the county will have one tomorrow. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, the machines enable voters with disabilities to vote independently.
For blind voters, that's the sound of freedom.
Through this audio ballot system, blind voters will be able to use headphones to listen to the ballot being read to them...They'll use a keypad to cast their vote without anyone's direct assistance.
The audio system is part of the touch screen voting machines, which will make their county-wide debut TOMORROW.
The county tested the machines at 5 precincts in June.
Richard Struckhoff is Greene County Clerk.
Struckhoff demonstrates how the touch-screen features on the machine work.
As with any machine, there's the possibility of a breakdown or malfunction.
Struckhoff says there will be workers on site who can trouble shoot problems with the machines, known as Direct Recording Electronic or D-R-Es.
While any voter can ask to use the touch screen machine, Struckhoff says he hopes those who can will stay with the traditional voting system, which in Greene County is an optical scan system.
Struckhoff says the touch screen machines are primarily for the disabled.
Polls open tomorrow morning at 6 and close tomorrow evening at 7.