Standardized Voting Machines Not Likely Soon

Nov 6, 2012

Indications are this year’s voting in the Fayette County area is bringing out a lot of voters.  At a southwest Lexington precinct just after noon, more than 50 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot.  County Clerk Don Blevins hopes familiarity with voting machines keeps the lines moving.

“We’ve had the current voting machines since 2006, so everybody is getting used to them.  That’s one reason I was hopeful that the lines this year would actually be a little bit quicker because people are now used to the machines,” said Blevins.

Given the large voter turnout, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says some of his precinct officials have requested more voting machines.  In Kentucky, two types of voting machines are used, but, he says there’s no nationwide standard.

“There is no federal mandated single solution as of today.  And so states can use a small number of approved machines, depending upon which ones they want to choose,” added Blevins.

Blevins says voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election was about 73 percent in Fayette County.  He suspects it could be about that level this year.