Onondaga County, New York is investing $3.5 million in new voting machines that could for the first time allow voters to cast their ballots at any of the 147 polling places in the county.

The county Board of Elections plans to roll out the new ClearVote systems for this November’s election.

The ClearVote systems technology will be the first new voting machines to be used in the county since 2008, replacing ImageCast machines from Dominion Voting Systems.

Voters will see little difference when it comes to filling out ballots and using the new ClearVote systems from Clear Ballot Group of Boston, Czarny said.

“The voter is still going to get a paper ballot and they’re still going to fill it out and deposit it into a scanner,” he said. “But it will be quicker and more efficient. We believe we’ll be able to process more voters per hour with these scanners.”

The new ballot scanners can process each ballot in about 15 seconds, compared to about 45 seconds with the old machines, Czarny said. And the Clear Vote machines are less prone to jamming.

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