New voting machines ready for May 7

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Allen County will have its new voting machines up and running for the upcoming May 7 election.

The Allen County Board of Elections held a public accuracy and logic test with the updated machinery on Monday to ensure the machines will be ready for the spring primaries.

Voters will mostly likely see little difference between the new and old machines come election day. The updated equipment provides a similar voter experience to the old equipment, which uses a combination of both digital and paper ballots to count votes.

The new equipment, however, will provide faster efficiency on the back-end, allowing for county poll workers to produce voter results in a quicker fashion.

Board of Elections Executive Director Kathy Myers said she expects low turnout, around 15%, for May’s election due to lack of any major political races. In total, Allen County’s May election will feature seven renewal issues and one countywide vote — whether to raise sales tax by 0.1% to cover funding shortfalls experienced by the Allen County Regional Transit Authority.

Early voting for the May election is currently ongoing. To do so, voters can visit the board of elections offices at 204 N. Main St.

More information on absentee ballots and other voting resources for Allen County can be found at

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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