Wilson Co. Using Device To Assure Voter Confidence

Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 21:06:10-04

Poll officials with the Wilson County Election Commission Office have used a new system aimed at assuring voter confidence. 

Since the August primaries, Wilson County residents have been voting through a machine called ExpressVote. It is a ballot-marking device that provides two opportunities for voters to review their ballots.

Residents would have to slip the ballot into the machine and cast their votes. The final screen allows voters to review their votes and make changes if needed.

The next step is to print the ballot and review it a second time before placing it into the ballot box. 

"You get to see it again on a piece of paper," Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren told NewsChannel 5. "This gives voters that one extra level of confidence that who they voted for is who they're casting their ballot for."

The device is being used for the first time in Middle Tennessee. ExpressVote is also used in Hardin and McNairy Counties in West Tennessee.

"It helps verify," Warren added. "If you like paper ballots, direct record and electronics, then you got it."

Majority of the voters NewsChannel5 spoke to also said the machines make it easier to vote. 

Warren said there has been a 42 percent increase of early voters compared to four years ago. 

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Early voting lasts until Nov. 3.