New voting machines arrive in Duval County


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The next time Jacksonville voters go to the polls this August, they will be using new voting machines, which elections officials said are more accurate and more secure.

The new DS-200 machines will allow people to fill out their ballots in the same way they are used to -- by coloring in ovals on a piece of paper, then inserting the ballot into a scanner.

Unlike the old voting machines, if there is a problem scanning a voter's ballot, a message will be displayed. If everything is OK, the machine will let the voter know that the vote has been counted.

"Without a doubt, this equipment is very secured," said Jerry Holland, Duval County Supervisor of Elections. "The number of security procedures that are on it to protect the vote as well as to seal the machine is the highest security that's out there on voting equipment. So we feel very good about the voting equipment."

If you would like to see how the new machines work, Holland's office is holding several demonstrations around town:

Tuesday, April 17 at the Mandarin Library from 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, April 19 at the Elections Center at the Gateway Mall from 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24 at the Pablo Creek Library from 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, April 26 at the West Regional Library on Chaffee Road from 6-8 p.m.