Use Tuesday primary as ‘trial run’ for new voting machines

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Tuesday’s Democratic primary will be the first time voters willhave an opportunity to use new touch-screen voting machines for thefirst time in a real election.

Local election officials said previous public education effortson the new machines have been successful. Officials are viewingTuesday’s one-race primary, which will decide who faces incumbentRepublican U.S. Trent Lott, as a “trial run” for the Novembergeneral election.

In addition to exercising their right to vote, citizens shouldtake Tuesday as an opportunity to familiarize themselves with thenew machines.

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That familiarity will prove useful in November’s generalelection and next year – when who will serve in statewide andcounty offices will be determined by decisions made on the newvoting machines.