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Eau Claire Co. residents will notice changes at the polls this year

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) -- The Spring Primary election is February 20, and some voters will be using new machines and ballots.

Eau Claire County Clerk, Janet Loomis, told News 18 new voting machines were needed because the old ones were going to be decertified after 2018. Loomis said the only change voters will notice is the new ballots will have an oval to fill in. That means no more drawing a line to connect an arrow, just fill in next to the candidate you're voting for. Loomis also said electronic voting will be virtually the same, you'll just get a printed ballot to submit.

"The voter should not see really any change. They still have to come to the polls, have to show an ID, sign the poll book, that's all the same," said Loomis. "They'll be handed a ballot, go mark it, then put it into the machine to be counted." 

Loomis also said the new machines will ensure a paper trail if a recount is needed, and will offer election results faster.

Absentee voting is going on right now. If you'd prefer to do that, you'll need to contact your Municipal Clerk to get a ballot, either in person or through the mail.

For more information about upcoming elections, visit our 'Your Voice, Your Vote' page.

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