Registrars spent two days in Richmond this week at an annual training session put on by the Virginia Department of Elections. They discussed changes they are making to the voting process, and looked at the how those changes will impact voting experiences come November. “The system for creating photo ID’s at voter registration offices seems to be working very well. There haven’t been a great flood of people who have come in and asked for them,” said Albemarle County General Registrar Jake Washburne. … Another law now in effect for exactly a year is getting positive reviews.The Department of Elections says statewide voter online registration has been a success with tens of thousands of new voters signed up.
Voters won’t have to sweat over many other changes this time around, but looking ahead to next year and beyond may be a different story as the county plans to switch from touch-screen voting machines to optical scanning machines.
Voters using the optical scanning machines will have to physically mark a cardstock ballot and then scan that paper into the actual machine.
“Right now in Albemarle County at our regular polling places we use touch-screen voting machines we’re going to be transitioning over to optical scan voting machines sometime prior to the 2016 Presidential Election,” says Washburne.
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