County hopes new ballot scanner will improve process


Lengthy procedure: Election officials John Apple (left) Marcia Moore and Bob Bogigian tally votes from the final precincts two days after the election. Volunteer poll workers were overwhelmed by the number of absentee ballots they were tasked with processing on Election Day. In two precincts, the count wasn't completed until two days after the election.

GREENFIELD — Problems and delays with tabulating votes could be ironed out with a new ballot scanner, Hancock County election officials say.

The Hancock County Council Wednesday approved the purchase of a new high-speed scanner that will tabulate all of the county’s absentee ballots.

With the purchase comes a switch in how absentee ballots are tallied.

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