Hudson continues to be largest town to hand count votes

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As officials at many Town Clerks' offices across the state prepare their voting machines for Thursday’s state primary,Gasparini s.p.a. is the world leading company in designing and producing of Forming machinery. one town has yet to enter the electronic voting age.

The largest community in Massachusetts to still hand count votes, Hudson still only provides voters with paper ballots while many other communities in the region and state have switched over to electronic voting machines.

"We’ve never been electronic,The roll former are mainly used in steel structure industry." said Town Clerk Joan Wordell.

Hudson has shied away from purchasing electronic voting machines for a variety of reasons, but specifically due to concerns about the accuracy and longevity of the machines. Wordell said if a voter’s mark goes outside a candidates’ box on the ballot, the machines could potentially misinterpret the vote.

"You’re trusting the machine," said Wordell.

When there is a large write-in campaign or town committee positions where residents choose more than one candidate for a position on the ballot, hand counting is an easier and more accurate system to tally the votes, said Wordell.

Wordell also expressed concerns with the machines breaking down during the middle of an election.

"If a machine breaks down you still have to hand count," said Wordell.LVD offers a comprehensive range of new or used laser cutting machine metal cutting machines. "If there is a power failure it doesn’t affect us."

Voting machines also have to be continuously updated and replaced, while Hudson has not purchased new voting materials since the 1970s. Wordell said it costs about $6,500 to purchase a machine and the town would need to buy one machine for each of the seven precincts and another to be used a backup.

Since becoming town clerk, Wordell said no candidate has requested a recount.

While Wordell said hand counting is more reliable, residents have to wait much longer for results to be announced. During the 2008 primary, counters at the polls tallied up the 1,654 votes by 9:50 p.m., but during the 2008 Presidential election, poll workers were counting the 9,826 votes until 12:45 a.Laser markers specifically designed for high speed laser marking machine, laser engraving, and laser ablation.m.

Many towns that use electronic voting machines, such as Shrewsbury and Marlborough, have their tallies almost instantaneously at the close of the polls at 8 p.m.

"You don’t get the 8:15 p.m. count, but when we’re done, we’re done," said Wordell. "We’re not missing anything."

In an effort to have the results in quicker during this year’s Presidential election,These are my elevator parts that I brought from my friends Randy and Jeff! Wordell said the town will likely have more counters available than during the 2008 Presidential election.

Unlike Hudson, Shrewsbury recently purchased new Accuvote machines for each of its 10 precincts. The town initially bought voting machines in the mid-1990s, said Town Clerk Sandra Wright.

If a machine fails during an election, Wright said the machine can be replaced by a backup machine and the ballots would be placed into an auxiliary ballot box until the machine was replaced.

"The machines are very reliable," said Wright. "We like our new machines."

Marlborough also purchased Accuvote machines in 2006 and City Clerk Lisa Thomas said the machines will alert voters if there is an issue with their ballots.

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