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New voting machines rolled out in Brown County

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Brown County Deputy Clerk Justin Schmit feeds a ballot into the new voting machine. (Photo from FOX 11).
Brown County Deputy Clerk Justin Schmit feeds a ballot into the new voting machine. (Photo from FOX 11).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County is unveiling new voting machines that is more high-tech than it's ever been.

The biggest for you, the voter, is that you will fill in an oval instead of connecting an arrow. And when you’re done, a screen will guide voters through the process of submitting a ballot.

“Just the fact that they will now have privacy, where they’ll be able to look at this computer screen, and it will communicate with them to let them know if their ballot voted correctly or if they need to make a correction,” Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno told FOX 11.

Juno calls the new machines more secure and reliable. They will scan and record an image of the ballot and store it on a USB drive. So that there is an electronic record in case something happens to the original.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

For the new machines, and the training of workers in how to use them, the cost was $600,000.

Brown County will put them into play for the first time on February 18, during the non-partisan spring primary election.

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