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New scanners could speed up voting process in Lee County

May 8, 2019

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county is investing in new ballot-counting equipment in hopes of making elections run more smoothly.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Lee County supervisors agreed Monday to spend about $12,000 for additional machines that electronically count paper ballots.

Circuit Clerk Camille Roberts will use them as backups, and that will let her place the current backup machines at some of the most congested precincts.

Supervisors already upgraded the circuit clerk’s ballot scanners before 2018 elections, but voting officials found they didn’t have enough spare machines.

Dulaney says she plans to put up to four ballot scanners at high-turnout precincts.

All statewide offices, legislative and district seats and county offices are on the ballot this year. Party primaries are in August. The general election is Nov. 5.