New voting machines could mean quicker, more error-free elections

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By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

No longer should ‘Flori-duh’ be the holdup in tallying Election Night returns if new technology plays any part in it.

The latest DS 200 scanners offer three variables in case a poll worker counting ballots forgets to record one or several votes. The scanner: 1) takes a photocopy of the ballot 2) issues a printed report 3) saves the actual ballot.

At the end of Election Night, it will modem the results through an online, secure network.

This means the public should get election results a lot faster. For municipal elections, results will be ready by 10 or 11 p.m. For a General Election, later, explained Devante Hargrove at a recent Open House to showcase the new machines.

Hargrove added that as soon as they close the polls, within 2 or 3 minutes, the outcome could be determined. “They will still verify it. Still tabulate the whole night,” he said.

The City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections office held the joint Open House for the public to see the new voting machines at Spanish River Library.

Spanish River Library will serve as a new early voting location. They received two DS 200 scanners – and three Express Vote machines. The Express Vote machines allow voters to sit down and vote.

Boca resident Jim Walsh attended the open house to change his party affiliation.

2020 Boca Elections

Boca Council Member Andy Thomson’s Seat A is up for Election on March [17] as is Council Member Andrea Levine O’Rourke’s Seat B, and Scott Singer’s seat for Mayor.

Council Members serve a 3-year term and are limited to serving two consecutive terms in a particular seat. The position of Mayor pays $38,000; while the position of Council Member pays $28,000.

A partial term in office, as in Singer’s case, would not be held against the person running for another term, said Saxton. [Singer was re-elected as Council Member in 2017 and appointed Deputy Mayor Singer. He became Mayor on April 27, 2018 following Susan Haynie’s suspension from office and before the last election on Aug. 28.]

So far, only Singer and past candidate Bernard Korn have announced they will run for Mayor.

Qualifying begins Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. and extends until Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District also has three Commission seats up for a vote: the seats held by Steven Engel, Erin Wright and Craig Ehrnst. Beach & Park District Commissioners serve a 4-year term. They do not receive a salary, but are paid $80 per meeting.

Because the Beach & Park District is a Special Taxing District, this election will take place August 18 at the time of the 2020 Primary Election.