"I did not feel nearly as comfortable with the voting process," Betts said of the scanning machines, which the county replaced the lever-style machines with this year in several towns. "Frankly, it just seemed like we've taken a lot of steps backwards."
Betts, along with several audience members, was concerned with the lack of privacy offered by the new system, which required voters to transport their ballots from a cubicle to the scanning machine. Betts also found the new system to be more physically demanding for handicap voters and called the cost of the new machines to taxpayers "outrageous."
He noted that his complaints were with the new system, and were not a reflection on the election inspectors.
Audience members also found the new process time consuming and were disappointed that there was no way of confirming that a voter's ballot was "read" correctly by the scanning machine.
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