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Greene County Offers New Voting Machines

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Springfield voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether or not City Utilities should build a new coal-fired power plant. At five precincts in the city, voters will encounter some new technology: touch screen voting machines. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Springfield voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether or not City Utilities should build a new coal-fired power plant.

At five precincts in the city, voters will encounter some new technology: touch screen voting machines.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff.

The touch screen voting equipment is designed to allow disabled voters to cast their ballots independently.

For example, the machines have an audio ballot for blind voters.

Struckhoff says the touch screen voting machines have safeguards to ensure everyone's vote is counted.

Except for the five precincts with the touch screen voting machines, voters will use optical scan ballots today.

Struckhoff says voters should be getting used to this kind of voting.

Struckhoff says there have been very few problems with the optical scan ballots.

He says a handful of people incorrectly mark their ballots.

As for turnout for tomorrow's election, Struckhoff says he expects 25 percent of registered voters to cast ballots.

Struckhoff says the active campaigns for and against the power plant proposal have generated a lot of interest in the issue and should draw voters to the polls.