New ballot machine to crack down on errors

How are Oahu officials trying to prevent elections fraud and other errors?

Elections officials have a brand new, $200,000 machine to help count the record number of absentee ballots already mailed out this election season.

Every vote counts, and that’s why our elections process is carefully orchestrated.

“Are inaccuracies and fraud a big concern?” KHON2 asked.

“Yeah,” said Glen Takahashi, elections administrator for the City and County of Honolulu. “I think, as an election official, accuracy is always a concern for us. We want to make sure we have the votes counted right.”

And to help the city with that is a ballot sorting machine. It’s being used in Hawaii for the first time.

“Absentee mail balloting has been increasing by 10 percent every election year and so in order to keep on top of the volume, the processing volume, we needed some type of automation to assist us,” Takahashi said.

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