It’s election day in Tennessee, and in Hamilton county, new voting machines make their debut. “I thought it went through fine,” said one of the first voters on Tuesday Morning. For the first time in 15 years there’s a new voting machine at each of the 75 polling locations in Hamilton county. “We have multiple audit features to the system as well as multiple reconciliation and security features as well,” said Mark Beckstrand, with Dominion Voting Systems. He says the machines meet the highest standards set by the federal government.
“It takes a complete image of the ballot, both sides, unalterable, and it records that as well as tallying the votes,” said Beckstrand.
A digital copy is saved onto the machines hard drive. The improvement can help resolve any issues faster and with more accuracy.
“Rather than having to comb through hundreds of boxes and thousands of ballots, we can go right to it,” said Kerry Steelman, with the Hamilton County Election Commission.