Voters practice on new machines


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – To Vigo County voters, voting is about convenience and saving money.

Vigo county will begin using new voting centers for the upcoming election. And to get voters accustomed to the new technology, they’re having demonstrations.

Thomas Atelski tried one out Saturday.

“It seems to make things easier for the voter,” said Atelski.

The Vigo County clerk’s office held a demonstration of the new voting machines at Kroger North in Terre Haute Saturday. And they’re going over pretty well.

VIDEO | Voting center demonstration

“Gives you more of a clean, quick voting. I’m done, I’m out of here kind of thing,” said Atelski.

This was always part of the plan, an easy way to make voting simple and convenient for all walks of life.

“I often say, if you can use a cell phone or if you can use an ATM, you can vote on one of our voting machines,” said Dave Crockett, Vigo County clerk.

Plus, it reduces errors that can be made from paper ballots. But another concern for the people practicing their voting techniques for the coming election?

“(Think this is a good way to go?) Well, if it’s cost-effective, yes,” said Atelski.

Eventually, the money will no longer be a concern.

“After the first three years, the reduction in cost is going to be a lot more than what we expect. We do reduce the amount of people we have to pay. And everyone knows in business, one of your biggest expenses is labor. We’ve cut the labor by almost 80 percent,” said Crockett.

Keeping the election process smooth and uncomplicated, for the best results.

April 5 is the last demo. It will be at the West Vigo IGA from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Eight voting centers that will be open to all registered voters in Vigo County beginning April 28.

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