||June 14, 2013
Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap County Elections
Manager, 360-337-7128 Shawn Devine, Kitsap County Elections
Kitsap Elections will demonstrate the new ballot at open house
(Port Orchard, WA) - Citizens can preview the
county's new ballot at an open house next week.
The Kitsap County Auditor - Elections Division is
inviting the public to view its new ballot counting system which
includes a new way for voters to mark their ballots. The new 'fill in
the box' marking system replaces the 'connect the arrow' system that was
in place for the past 18 years.
"We hope citizens will take advantage of this
opportunity to come see the new ballots before they arrive in the mail
in July," Kitsap County Auditor Walt Washington said. "I am certain they
will find the new marking system to be much more user friendly."
Open house details are as follows:
2 p.m. - 4p.m., Wednesday, June 19
Kitsap County Auditor - Elections Division
619 Division St. Port Orchard, WA 98366
The Elections Division will also display its new
digital scan ballot counting system, which replaced the previous optical
scan system. The new system improves efficiency by digitizing several
processes that were completed manually before.
"We are already realizing improved efficiencies
thanks to our new system," Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore said. "This
open house is a unique opportunity for citizens to see a demonstration
of this new system before itís officially deployed for the Primary
The Elections Division purchased the new ballot
counting system from Hart InterCivic, an Austin, Texas based company.
Kitsap is the 25th county in Washington to use this system, in addition
to numerous other counties using Hart equipment nationally.
Images of the new system and ballot are available at
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