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Election board to consider using 'old school' paper ballots

Posted at 7:46 AM, Mar 05, 2019

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) - Election officials in a southwestern Indiana county are expected to consider whether to save money by not using voting machines during an upcoming primary vote.

Knox County Clerk David Shelton told the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that going "old school" and using paper ballots would save nearly $1,500 that would typically be spent to program voting machines. The single-race City Council primary with two Democratic candidates is May 7.

Shelton is proposing that the county make ballots that include the names of the candidates running in Vincennes District 1 and voters "will just make their mark." Following the election, Shelton says the votes would be hand-counted. Shelton estimates about 75 voters will cast ballots.

The Election Board meets Thursday to discuss the issue as well as the upcoming election.