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Voting machines being calibrated
Electronic terminals are checked before heading to polling places
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
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If they don't have them already, most polling places will see their electronic voting machines delivered today (Monday). WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the procedure to make sure every vote is counted accurately.
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Electronic voting machines have been under scrutiny pretty much since the Help America Vote Act dramatically increased their use 10 years ago.

Back in 2004, it was Democrats raising questions about whether the computers could be used to change results. Now, Republicans are raising alarms about whether the machines are calibrated right.

But Jeannette Mullane, deputy director for the Stark County Board of Elections, says all voting machines are checked before heading to polling places.

“Making sure that all the internal nuts and bolts of the equipment responds to the voters' touch. And that if they vote 'yes' on an issue, it's reading 'yes' on that issue. If they vote 'no' on an issue, it reads 'no.' It's a test to make sure all of the calibration of the machine to the touch works."

Mullane adds that voters with very long fingernails may experience difficulty with touch screens, as did one in Portage County. But she says complaints have been at a minimum in early voting despite record turnout.
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