New Election Machines - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

New Election Machines

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Last year, folded ballots repeatedly stopped Yellowstone County's ballot-counting machines. It was an issue that significantly slowed the vote count. This year, that shouldn't be a problem. The county has three new, top-of-the-line machines to count ballots. Election Administrator Bret Rutherford demonstrated the new machines for the Yellowstone County Commissioners Tuesday morning.

"They're designed to handle folded ballots, which we see a lot now with our all-mail ballot, or our absentee voters in our federal elections. It does have a sort function on it for blank ballots or damaged ones, or if people make errant marks on it or try to erase the way they voted instead of getting a new ballot. So, it will sort those out without stopping, whereas the old machines would stop every single time." Election judges will then have to handle those irregular ballots.

Election workers began the ballot count a little after nine A.M. Rutherford hoped to have preliminary results ready just after eight o'clock Tuesday night, when the polls close. A final tally wouldn't be available until votes from drop-off points around Billings and Laurel are returned to the office.

 

  • LocalMore>>

  • DOW record high affects your 401K

    DOW record high affects your 401K

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:07 PM EST2018-01-20 03:07:25 GMT
    The DOW Jones reaches a historic high of 26,000 points this week. What impacts will it have for your investments and 401K? Everyone knows the stock markets rides a little like a roller coaster. So with the DOW reaching 26,000 points for the first time ever; is it bound to drop anytime soon? Well if you're close to retirement it might be hard to know whether to get out now or ride the stock market high. Gary Buchanan, CEO of Billings-based Buchanan Capital, said when the stock ma...
    The DOW Jones reaches a historic high of 26,000 points this week. What impacts will it have for your investments and 401K? Everyone knows the stock markets rides a little like a roller coaster. So with the DOW reaching 26,000 points for the first time ever; is it bound to drop anytime soon? Well if you're close to retirement it might be hard to know whether to get out now or ride the stock market high. Gary Buchanan, CEO of Billings-based Buchanan Capital, said when the stock ma...
  • Teacher shares life lesson with students using apples

    Teacher shares life lesson with students using apples

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:05 PM EST2018-01-20 03:05:37 GMT
    Bullying has increased among Elementary aged children across the nation in recent years. Many have experienced bullying or being a bully themselves but do your kids know how mean words affect others? One local teacher took a creative approach to showing how words can hurt. PE/Health teacher, Kody Christensen-Linton, used two apples to show the lasting effects words can have. He said that using tangible items would make it fun for his first through third graders and leave a lastin...
    Bullying has increased among Elementary aged children across the nation in recent years. Many have experienced bullying or being a bully themselves but do your kids know how mean words affect others? One local teacher took a creative approach to showing how words can hurt. PE/Health teacher, Kody Christensen-Linton, used two apples to show the lasting effects words can have. He said that using tangible items would make it fun for his first through third graders and leave a lastin...
  • School levy to be discussed in upcoming board meeting

    School levy to be discussed in upcoming board meeting

    Friday, January 19 2018 7:57 PM EST2018-01-20 00:57:46 GMT

    Property owners within school district 2 will soon be asked to crack open their wallets a little more. 

    Property owners within school district 2 will soon be asked to crack open their wallets a little more.