By Joseph Elie, Community Reporter
Town Clerk Sandra Wright told the board that the current machines are not federally compliant. Michael Carlson, a field technician for Salem, NH-based LHS Associates, demonstrated his company's product in an actual ballot box as if he were a voter on Election Day to the board.
The new machine is contained within the ballot box just like the ones currently being used. The only change voters will notice is a new ballot requirement to fill in an oval rather than to fill in an arrow. The new machines are designed to read ballots with ovals only.
The new machines have two memory cards, one being a backup, from which vote tallies can be uploaded to HTML spreadsheets via LHS's General Election Management (GEM) system, on a laptop specifically designed for the town clerk.
LHS's AccuVote voting machines will be replacing the Eagle voting machines. AccuVote is used in 250 of the state's 351 communities.