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New voting equipment to be used in August primary

New assistive voting and precinct tabulating equipment will be used in all Crow Wing County precincts beginning with the Aug. 14 primary. Submitted photo1 / 2
New assistive voting and precinct tabulating equipment will be used in all Crow Wing County precincts beginning with the Aug. 14 primary. Submitted photo2 / 2

New assistive voting and precinct tabulating equipment will be in use in all Crow Wing County precincts beginning with the Aug. 14 primary election.

"Minnesota still requires the use of a paper ballot, so this isn't electronic voting. Rather it's modernizing the technology we use to tally the votes," Administrative Services Director Deborah Erickson stated in a news release.

"We believe this all-in-one system provides an updated and enhanced experience for our voters and easier functionality for our election judges."

Dominion Voting Solutions ImageCast Evolution system provides an assistive voting capability, which will continue to offer all voters the opportunity to vote privately and independently regardless of disability.

"The ImageCast Evolution uses the same synthesized voice for the audio ballot that many people are familiar with," Erickson stated. "In addition, the easy-to-use control panel for office and candidate selection allows any voter to navigate through their ballot independently."

A demonstration model of the ImageCast Evolution is available for public inspection during business hours at the county elections office on the second floor at the Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse, 326 Laurel St., Brainerd.

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