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New voting machines unveiled during open house in Riviera Beach

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Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections to hold open house showing new voting machines for Election 2020.

It's all eyes on Election 2020, and the new Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections is rolling out an entirely new system ahead of the race for the White House.

Last year, Palm Beach County experienced turmoil when it missed the recount deadline during the Senate Florida race after the machines overheated and could only handle one race at a time.

Now, Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link says she's doing everything in her power to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Link's team spent more than $15 million on brand new equipment. This includes everything from new machines to sort the ballots, to high speed tabulators that can handle multiple races at a time, and 975 new voting machines at polling locations.

"it’s an upgrade and I think it will help people in a lot of ways," explained Link.

The voting machines will even make digital copies of each ballot cast for their records to ensure accuracy.

"That’s another backup we have where we have the actual digital image as well as the paper ballot," said Link.

Link says her team has even streamlined the mail-in ballots, creating new envelopes that make it more obvious where to put your signature with prepaid return postage.

She says they're ready for next year.

"I think it will be crazy I think it will be a little bit busy," she shared, "Oh yea we want as many people to vote as possible."

An open house to show the new equipment and the processes in place will be held Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. at 7835 Central Industrial Drive, Riviera Beach, 33404.





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