First general election with new voting machines in Franklin County


COLLEEN: ARE YOU READY? TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY. NBC4 IS YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS… WE’RE WATCHING ALL OF THE RACES VERY CLOSELY HERE IN CENTRAL OHIO. COLLEEN: MOST OF YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T VOTED SINCE LAST NOVEMBER… AND IF YOU’RE A FRANKLIN COUNTY RESIDENT, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES SINCE THEN. DARLENE: TONIGHT — NBC4’S KRISTINE VARKONY SHOWS US HOW TO USE THE NEW VOTING MACHINES. KRISTINE VARKONY: “WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR POLLING LOCATION TOMORROW– YOU’RE GOING TO BE GIVEN TWO PIECES OF PAPER. ONE IS YOUR AUTHORITY TO VOTE AND THE OTHER IS YOUR BLANK PAPER BALLOT. YOU’LL GO UP TO YOUR NEW MACHINE, INSERT YOUR PIECE OF PAPER INTO THE MACHINE, THEN SCAN YOUR AUTHORITY TO VOTE.” JACQUELINE ROLLINS/ COLUMBUS RESIDENT: “I THINK IT WAS EASIER. MORE STRAIGHT FORWARD AND NOT AS CONFUSING.” BRIAN TROCHA/ NEW ALBANY RESIDENT: “I ENJOYED THAT THE NEW MACHINES WERE USER- FRIENDLY AND RATHER INTUITIVE.” THE ADA COMPLIANT MACHINES WERE MADE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO VOTE IN PRIVACY. AARON SELLERS/ PIO FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: “YOU CAN CHANGE THE FONT, YOU CAN CHANGE– IF WE HAVE VOTERS WHO HAVE SOME COLOR BLINDNESS, YOU CAN CHANGE IT FROM COLOR TO BLACK AND WHITE.” THESE NEW MACHINES COST FRANKLIN COUNTY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS– “THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN THESE NEW MACHINES, IS THAT YOU ARE NOT VOTING ON THE MACHINE. THIS MACHINE IS SIMPLY, YOU’RE TELLING IT WHAT YOU’RE VOTING ON AND IT WILL PRINT OFF ON THE PAPER.” SO FAR VOTERS SAY THEY ARE LIKING THAT NEW EXPERIENCE. BRIAN TROCHA/ NEW ALBANY RESIDENT: “I THINK IT’S ALSO A GREAT THING THERE’S A PAPER COPY THAT IS PRINTED OFF AND IS SCANNED SO IF THERE SOME SORT OF INCONSISTENCY, THE PAPER COPY IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR TALLY.” JACQUELINE ROLLINS/ COLUMBUS RESIDENT: “5 MINUTES. FROM THE PROCESS OF COMING IN AND SHOWING MY ID AND VERIFYING MY ADDRESS AND WALKING OVER AND VOTING AND PUTTING IT IN THE SLOT, I WAS DONE. I WAS LIKE OK, THAT’S IT!” KRISTINE VARKONY: “THE LAST STEP IS TO INSERT YOUR PAPER BALLOT INTO THE SECURE BOX FOR IT TO BE COUNTED. THE POLLS ARE OPEN ON TUESDAY FROM 6:30 AM TO 7:30PM. LOCAL FOR YOU AT THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS KRISTINE VARKONY NBC4.” DARLENE: AGAIN — NBC4 IS YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS. OUR NEWSROOM WILL BE WORKING THE PHONES AND CHECKING WITH OFFICIALS ON THE RESULTS FOR ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT. TONIGHT — SIGN UP FOR PUSH ALERTS AND READ UP ON THE ISSUES ONLINE — AT NBC4I.COM. DARLENE: ALRIGHT… LET’S GET A QUICK CHECK OF YOUR MOST ACCURATE FORECAST NOW. CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DAVE MAZZA IS IN HOUSE

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