Mahoning County to use optical scanners to count votes

The board, located in Youngstown, said 2016 will be the third year that it uses the

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For the third year, the Mahoning County Board of Elections is using optical scanners to count ballots.

One scanner is just for absentee ballots. Workers began feeding the ballots through the machine around noon Monday.

The scanner will count the votes and print out the results almost instantly.

“It can scan up to three thousand an hour, which is more than anything else, and it also separates write-ins, when we have them,” Mahoning County Board of Elections IT Manager Chris Rakocy said. “We don’t have any this election. With the scanning there is no stoppage, which really speeds up our process.”

The board of elections is expecting 12,000 absentee ballots in Mahoning County.

Those ballots will be coming in until the polls close Tuesday night at 7:30.

You can get ready for Election Day by visiting WKBN’s elections section and logging on to Thursday night for the latest results.

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