Electronic voting machines closer to reality for Albert Lea

Miguel Octavio
Updated: January 28, 2020 06:48 AM
Created: January 27, 2020 11:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Voting in Albert Lea could become faster and more accurate in this year's elections after Monday night's city council meeting. 

The council approved to submit a grant application to the Minnesota Secretary of State that would provide 14 electronic voting rosters in seven precincts within the city. The machines would replace the current paper polling equipment.


Officials say the change would allow more accuracy, convenience for voters and additional security.

The devices can alert an election judge if a voter has already cast his or her ballot as an absentee or at other polling locations. They can also provide instructions aimed to resolve any conflicts. 

Each roster costs approximately $1,280, according to city staff. The application deadline is at the end of January with award status pending. 

The council also set its public hearing date for the Clark Street reconstruction project on Feb. 24. The proposal calls to improve conditions like its existing utility infrastructure and storm drainage systems.

The project approximately costs $1.1 million and would be paid for with a mix of assessments, municipal state aid funds, along with water and sewer funds. 

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