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New machines make voting more secure in Pike County

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One Tri-State community is promising better security when residents cast their votes.

It's happening in Pittsfield, Illinois, where the county has brought in new voting machines ahead of the Illinois primary in a few weeks.

It's called "Express Vote."

Pike County Clerk Natalie Roseberry said they're similar to iPads.

She said people use a touch pad to cast their votes and then it prints out a ballot.

Roseberry said the 24 new machines make voting more secure and are more suitable for people with disabilities.

She said in the past, voters would hand write their votes and the machine would often spit them back out due to extra markings.

She hopes the machines bring more voters to the polls.

"It's very much a push to get more voters out," Roseberry said. "We have seen in our primary and general elections somewhat of a steady increase in turnout, which has been wonderful. By providing this ease of access and the quickness of casting your vote, I'm really hoping that we'll be able to start pushing our numbers up."

Roseberry said these machines will allow the county to save money, as the ballots printed out are smaller.

They also have a remote control and braille functions to ensure everyone's vote gets accurately counted.

Officials said each voting precinct will have a new machine.

She said there will also be one at the county building on February 6 for early voting.

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