Hennepin needs about $5M for new voting machines

Hennepin County elections officials are hoping to get new ballot machines before the next election, although it could take as much as $5 million to replace aging machines, MPR reports. Elections officials there are hand counting about 5,500 ballots after electronic scanners could not tabulate them on election night.
Author:
Publish date:

Hennepin County elections officials are hoping to get new ballot machines before the next election, although it could cost as much as $5 million to replace aging technology, MPR reports.

Some of the county's current machines didn’t adequately scan thousands of ballots on Tuesday, and now officials are hand counting about 5,500 ballots that couldn’t be tracked by the electronic ballot scanners, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesotan cast a record number of ballots on Tuesday. Many big urban areas are struggling to find the cash to buy newer, more efficient machines to handle more voters, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

"I do think there is something about this very heavy turnout that we've seen that is going to push these machines to the end of their life," Ritchie told KARE 11. "In fact, most of the big cities have been in negotiations to say, where are we going to get the money to buy the next generation."

Next Up

Related

Minnesota voting got off to bumpy start

Minnesota polling locations experienced a few hiccups as voters hit the polls Tuesday morning. Voting was delayed for about 15 minutes in St. Paul's 4th precinct because of mixup with ballots. Voters in a Duluth precinct received bad ballots that still had democratic lawmaker Kerry Gauthier on the ballot...

State accepts 70,000 absentee ballots, mail-in voters face risk

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Thursday that about half of absentee ballots issued have been returned and accepted. More than 140,000 voters requested absentee ballots and 70,899 were returned and accepted. Election official Joe Mansky says there is a greater chance that a voter's ballot won't be counted when voting absentee because it's easier to make mistakes.