Voting machine tutorials online

It might be a little too late to help many Warren County voters who struggled with new technology during last fall’s general election, but the state has rolled out a new website aimed at educating voters on how to utilize new voting machines.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, a website has been rolled out to provide information on how to use voting machines in each of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.

There’s a map of the state’s counties about halfway down the page at votespa.com/readytovote. Clicking on the county – or using the drop-down menu there – will bring up county-specific election machine information.

On that page will be a link for a video demonstration as well as a pictorial on how to use the county’s voting machines.

“We want to make sure all voters go to the polls feeling confident and equipped with the information they need to cast their ballots on their new voter-verifiable paper ballot voting systems,” Pa. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said in a Monday statement.

“These customized websites will help ensure that all voters understand how to use the new auditable voting systems in use in their counties and give all Pennsylvania voters a clear understanding of the voting tools and options available to them.”

The website, per the statement, is part of the Department of State’s “Ready to Vote 2020” initiative “which aims to educate voters about new voting systems and other voting changes ahead of the 2020 elections.”

And there are plenty of changes.

In addition to the machines, Act 77 has brought a host of changes to voting in Pennsylvania, with the most significant addition being that of no-excuse mail-in voting.


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