Ohio Voting Machines are Under Review

by Courtney Wheaton on February 19, 2014 at 6:44 am

Officials in Ohio are concerned that decade old voting technology could be at risk for problems in upcoming election, but local election officials say so far so good.

Muskingum County Board of Elections Director, Chris Hamill says that her office purchased 279 Direct Recording Electronic voting machines in the spring of 2005. She says her office has yet to see significant problems.

"We actually have had very few complications with our voting machines. We do keep up with the maintenance on them and before every election testing is performed on them," said Hamill.

Hamill says in 2012 the machines were updated to the Assure 1.2 system, one of the latest voting machinery programs. She says the update allows the machines to work faster and more efficiently. The board of elections office is not in need of new machines as of now, but when they are there is tight protocol that the office must follow.

"That’s where the Secretary of State comes into play and in order for our county to receive new voting machines. The system would have to meet all state and federal certification requirements, " said Hamill.

Hamill wants to remind voters that they must register by April 7 for the upcoming May 6 Primary.