New Voting Machine Debuts Today

New Voting Machine Debuts Today

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Sammy Linebaugh reporting Farmington City is the first, but more are sure to follow. We're talking about Utah's brand new voting system. It's all computer touch screen technology.

Today is election day in Farmington City. It's also a very big day for all those who have been working for months to get this system up and running in the state of Utah.

This summer, Davis County fair-goers got a glimpse at the new machines. Curious voters were able to actually try the system, get a feel using the computer touch screens.

Here's how it works: Each voter is issued an access card, like a smart card. The voter then inserts the card into a polling computer, and from there makes his or her candidate selections, all by touch screen.

Some say it takes some getting used to.

James Potter/Davis County Resident: "I think it will be a great deal if we all understand it. But until we understand it I think it's going to be a mess."

Bernice Potter/Davis County Resident: "It really is simple if you just read it and study it. I think it's a wonderful thing."

The state's first real test gets underway this morning, when polling stations throughout Farmington County open for today's city elections.

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