County of El Paso introduces new voting equipment for upcoming elections

El Paso News

New voting machines in El Paso could lead to some delays in the upcoming May elections. County officials are letting you have a chance right now to get a test run and be better prepared.

The El Paso County Elections Department introduced new election equipment for voters to use this May. The new system allows voters to have a paper ballot, mark their choices, review their ballot and then cast it by scanning the paper into a ballot box.

I have experience with technology and everything, and I had a hard time understanding the old ones. So I think they’re better for normal people who don’t use computers or anything like that on a daily basis, Voter Melissa Cano said.

There may be an added step to this process, but officials say the whole reason for these demonstrations is to get voters better prepared for the upcoming elections.

Everyone always talks about the big election in 2020, and we understand we’re going to see much longer lines, El Paso County Elections Administrator Lisa Wise told KTSM, We’re going to see much longer waits around that time and that’s why we want to bring it out in 2019. So that voters get familiar with it and when there are more people voting, they’re able to move through quicker because they’re more familiar with it.

These machines were first certified in 2017. In late 2018, the funding was secured to purchase the machines with 2012 quality of life bond money. 

There’s a total of 17 demonstrations throughout the county where you can get a test run of the new voting equipment. 

If you missed the first date on Wednesday, you still have some time.

Here are the following locations and times:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019Laura Bush & Jenna Welch Library, TBD6701 S. Desert Blvd., El Paso, TX 799328:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center, Room 2563 N. Carolina Dr., El Paso, TX 799159:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019Jose Cisneros Library, Lobby1300 Hawkins Blvd., El Paso, TX 799252:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2019El Paso County Courthouse, 3rd Floor, Back Atrium500 E. San Antonio Ave., El Paso, TX 799019:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2019Eastside Annex, Community Room2350 George Dieter Dr., El Paso, TX 799362:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 29, 2019Bowling Family YMCA, Old Lobby5509 Will Ruth Ave., El Paso, TX 799249:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, March 29, 2019Bassett Place, Across Bath & Body Works6101 Gateway Blvd. W, El Paso, TX 799251:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019Pavo Real Recreation Center, Room 29301 Alameda Ave., El Paso, TX 799079:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library, Meeting Room12480 Pebble Hills Blvd., El Paso, TX 799381:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019EPCC Mission Del Paso Campus, Room A13410700 Gateway Blvd. E, El Paso, TX 799279:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019Dorris Van Doren Library, Auditorium551 E. Redd Rd., El Paso, TX 799122:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 2019W.E. Neill Community Center, TBD19210 Cobb St., Tornillo, TX 798539:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 2019La Fe Montana Vista, Classroom14618 Greg Dr., El Paso, TX 799382:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2019Veterans Park, Community Room5301 Salem Dr., El Paso, TX 799249:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2019Sunland Park Mall, Lower Level, Next to Express750 Sunland Park Dr., El Paso, TX 799121:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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