New ballot counting system installed for Ada...

Posted at 6:17 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 00:15:28-05

A new vote counting system installed in Ada County will likely make the final results for the March 8th Republican Primary available faster than ever before .

The new voting machines count ballots at the polling place instead of hauling ballots from different locations to a centralized spot.

"County workers have been scrambling to get ready for the March 8 primary, but they say it's the perfect test because unlike so many elections, there's only one election to deal with," Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane said.

The system will still use paper ballots which are kept in case of a discrepancy.

The total costs of the system upgrade was roughly $1.6 million with $700,000 of that funded by the feds.