Johnson County Elections Office says voting machines not to be a problem on Election Day

Posted at 9:34 AM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 17:37:48-05

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — Johnson County voters will again see voting machines out at polling places this Election Day.

But, the Johnson County Elections Office is hopeful the midterm elections will go much smoother than the August primaries, during which issues with the technology delayed results significantly. 

The elections office stated Tuesday there will be 1,800 voting machines at 195 polling places on Election Day. 

Johnson County Elections Commissioner Ronnie Metzker said he doesn’t expect to have any issues during the Nov. 6 election.

“We've had 13 days of advanced voting and no problems whatsoever with the voting machines,” Metzker said.  “I've done some unofficial exit interviews of the voters here asking, 'How do you like those new machines?' The answer is always some variation of ‘Great! Piece of cake! Wonderful! I like the fact that I can see my vote on the paper.’” 

In addition to the 1,800 machines, 1,800 election workers will be volunteering at the polls.

“Four hundred of them will be supervising or assistant supervising judges ready to serve the voters,” Metzker said. “So we’re ready to go.”

Fifty thousand mail-in ballots were issued out. So far 30,000 have been returned. Voters can drop off their mail-in ballots at the Johnson County Elections Office or any Johnson County polling place.

It is recommended to head to the polls during the middle of the day to avoid long lines. 

Polls close at 7 p.m.