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IMPACT offers Citizens the opportunity to check – out the New Hybrid Voting System

IMPACT Community Action is hosting the Franklin County Board of Elections to provide citizens the opportunity to experience the new hybrid voting equipment prior to the May Primary Election.

The new hybrid voting system will be used for the first time during the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The new system allows voters to cast a paper ballot by one of two methods: 1) on a touchscreen ballot marker; or 2) a traditional “fill in the oval” paper ballot. After completion of one of these processes, voters will insert their paper ballot in a ballot counting device before leaving the voting location.

Prior to its use, on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 9 until 5, Citizens will be able to experience the new hybrid machines, register to vote and receive voter’s education at IMPACT Community Action, 700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  

The Board of Elections will be taking the new voting machines throughout the county to libraries, festivals, community events, as well as government & civic meetings to educate registered voters on how the system works. “It is important that everyone has the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new tool," says Robert “Bo” Chilton, CEO of IMPACT. "Citizens should feel confident while voting and must be able to trust the process.”

 The most recent voting system served county voters well for over 12 years, but the time has come to replace the aging system. The Board of Elections spent the last two years diligently vetting the latest voting systems on the market. The Board of Elections is excited to roll out the new system to the public.

All Citizens in Franklin County are encouraged to take advantage of this informational and experiential opportunity.  If you require additional information contact Carmen Allen at  

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