Election board aims to educate voters on new machines
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis – More than two months ahead of the August primary, St. Louis County election officials want to teach every voter about the county's new electronic voting machines.
Now that punch cards are history, voters may choose between a touch screen machine, or a paper ballot that's read by an optical scanner.
Democratic election director Judy Taylor says both are simple to use. But to keep things flowing smoothly during the machines' August 8th debut, election board staff are starting their PR blitz early.
"We'll be virtually everywhere anyone wants us this summer," Taylor said. "We'll be at church groups. We'll be at township meetings. Anyone that calls and wants a demonstration, we'll be happy to demonstrate."
St. Louis city began using its new electronic machines in April.
The federal government paid for the equipment in the city and county as part of the Help America Vote Act.