Monday the city held a news conference to show off a new machine they will use to help them with the election process. The machine is used to count votes.
The city tested it for the first time Tuesday. It's supposed to be faster and more accurate than what's been used in the past. The machine can count about 300 ballots a minute. Colorado Springs City Clerk Kathryn Young says they will do two more tests before election night. After the ballots are checked by an election judge and signatures are certified then they are put through the counting machine.
Young says she hopes it will help them get the results out very quickly after the polls close on Tuesday. This election is mail-in only. The city says they have already received about 24,000 ballots. A total of 151,000 were sent out, they are expecting to get about 50 to 60 percent of them returned.
A few weeks ago it was announced that a state official would be coming to Colorado Springs to oversee the city election. This was at the request of some of the candidates.
Ballots must be received by the City Clerks office by 7 p.m. on election day for your vote to be counted.
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