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New Voting Machines To Roll Out Ahead Of 2020 Elections In Montgomery County

Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, where new voting machines are being tested.
Jerry Kenney
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Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, where new voting machines are being tested.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose demonstrated Montgomery County's new voting machines at the county Board of Elections Tuesday. LaRose says the machines are currently being inspected and tested, and are expected to be ready for voters to use during the 2020 presidential election.

“This May, the voters here in Montgomery County are going to see the old machines for the last time," LaRose says, "and by next November when voters show up to vote, either through early voting or on Election Day, they'll see these new express voting machines, which are truly state of the art and are something that they should be really proud of here in Montgomery County.”

LaRose expressed confidence in the state’s elections system, despite a recent investigation that found more than 6,000 early votes in Miami County went uncounted in the midterm elections.

“To be clear, it was human error that has occurred there. The machines function exactly as they were supposed to. The good news is that we have addressed that now," the secretary says. "This is something that we take very seriously in Ohio, so no Ohioan should ever have a doubt that when their ballot is cast that it's going to be accurately counted.”

Early voting is already underway across the state for the May 7 Primary Elections.

You can find out more information about how to cast your ballot at myOhioVote.com and at your county board of elections.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.