A new vote tabulation system in Multnomah County will “completely revolutionize the way we process ballots,” said the county’s election director Tim Scott. On Tuesday, the county unveiled the ClearVote system which will scan both sides of a ballot at once and then create an image. The system will also be able to count about 4000 ballots an hour instead of the current pace of 1000 per hour. If there is a questions over a voter’s intent, a bipartisan group will work to determine what the voter meant, and do it in a separate room.
“What we get to see when the system tallies the ballot, is an actual image of the ballot and all the marks on the ballot,” Scott said. “It takes a picture of the ballot vote area, highlights areas on the ballot image where there might be problems and allows election workers to resolve those issues on the image rather than enhancing the physical ballot.”
… ClearVote is made by Boston-based manufacturer Clear Ballot. Oregon is the first state to certify ClearVote for use in an election. Josephine County will also use the system, officials said.
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