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3 Maine Towns Reject Offer of Ballot Machines
03/18/2013 10:06 AM ET  

Three towns have rejected the state's offer, extended last fall to 67 municipalities that still counted ballots by hand, for new state-leased tabulating machines.

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) _ Three Maine towns have turned down an offer of free machines to tabulate election ballots.

The state last fall offered new state-leased tabulating machines to 67 municipalities with more than 1,500 voters that still counted ballots by hand. The offer aimed to get more accurate returns and ease the burden on ballot clerks.

The Kennebec Journal reported that 61 municipalities accepted the offer, with six saying no. Those six got a second chance and had until Friday to respond.

In the end, Litchfield, Greenville and Winterport rejected the offer.

Litchfield Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Rayna Leibowitz said the town's ballot clerks feel elections are too important to rely on machines. She said they also didn't want to miss out on the social aspects of counting ballots as a team.



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