Clark County elections board open house, voter registration deadline is Monday

Clark County Board of Elections will hold an open house to show off new voting machines on Monday, Oct. 7. Residents can also register for the Nov. 5 election. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Clark County Board of Elections will hold an open house to show off new voting machines on Monday, Oct. 7. Residents can also register for the Nov. 5 election. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The Clark County Board of Elections will hold an Open House at their office today - the last day to register before he November election.

The public is encouraged to attend the open house from 6 - 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

“Attendees can try out new voting equipment from Clear Ballot, Inc., check or update their voter registration information, and get a behind the scenes look at the operations of the Board of Elections,” according to a release from the elections board.

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The county spent about $1.3 million on new machines. The money used to buy the machines came from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

The Clark County Board of Election had tested numerous machines before choosing Clear Ballot. The election’s office hosted public events that allowed residents to come in and test machines before giving input. Clear Ballot was chosen over Election System’s, Dominion Voting and Hart Inter Civic Inc.

Clear Ballot machines are paper-based voting systems in which every voter ends the voting process with a scannable paper ballot. Once ballots are scanned, ballot images can be viewed by election officials. The State of Ohio has dispersed more than $114 million to upgrade voting machines throughout the state.

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Clark County’s new machines were used for the first time in a special election in New Carlisle in May and no problems were reported, according to Clark County Board of Elections Director Jason Baker

Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 5 election.

The Clark County Board of Elections office is located at 3130 E. Main St. in Springfield.

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