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Paper ballots will be main option for primary

July 19, 2006

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Computers will be used. But the foundation for the Aug. 1 primary election will be the old-fashioned paper ballot, Douglas County's chief election official said Tuesday.

Discussing the primary

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew discusses the upcoming Aug. 1 primary election. Enlarge video

"We will have precinct scanners in the polling place and an accessible marking device that does nothing other than help a voter mark their ballot without the need for assistance," County Clerk Jamie Shew wrote during an online chat on the Journal-World's Web site.

However, the paper ballots allow for audits and checks that make sure the votes are counted correctly, Shew said.

"The paper trail is actually the ballots that are produced by the voter," Shew wrote. "It is important for me to reiterate that we did not implement a touchscreen, electronic voting system in Douglas County."

Shew said the new electronic system will help to produce results much more quickly than in past elections.

"We will review the results for each precinct when they come back to the courthouse, look for any problems and issue the results at that time," he said.

However, all results announced on election night are unofficial, he said.

The official results are announced when the vote canvass is finished the Friday after the election, he said.

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