Mont. Co. Board of Elections adding machines to reduce poll wait times

Voting in Montgomery county

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local elections officials are warning voters that some ballots this November contain so many issues that they could mean longer lines at the voting booth.

Officials at the Montgomery County Board of Elections are now working with the precincts in at least 4 cities to make sure voters aren’t stuck waiting at the polls.

If you’re registered to vote in Kettering, Huber Heights, Trotwood, or Germantown you’ll be casting 2-page-ballots this year–instead of the traditional one page. Officials say that extra page is because of the additional issues up for vote.

That means voters could be spending almost double the amount of time inside the polls. The board of elections is now adding extra machines to each of the precincts  to make sure voters get in and out quicker.

“It takes people longer to read it, maybe longer lines so we are deploying extra machines on top of the extra machines that we are already deploying for the presidential,” Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly said. “Those locations will have 5 extra machines each that way and that will help with the lines and the time it will take people to get through the ballot.”

To avoid the lines, Kelly is encouraging you to send in absentee ballot–which would be due by 7:30 on Election Day.
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