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County To Use New Ballot Scanner

Megan Bircher, senior elections clerk, watches during a logic and accuracy test of the Kootenai County Elections’ new ballot scanner and tabulator Monday in Coeur d’Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Kootenai County elections officials today will use a brand-new ballot scanner and tabulator, making the county the first in the state to use the machine. The Election Systems and Software Digital Scanner 850 - or just the DS850 as it's known in the elections office - cost the county $100,500 after a trade-in of some older equipment. The expected payback period is five years. “Granted the machine was expensive, but in the long run the cost savings is huge,” county elections manager Carrie Phillips said Monday morning. “When we were looking at getting this machine, we weren't thinking about being the first in the state. We were thinking about what's best for our county”/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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