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Trial run for new Grayson County voting machines

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SHERMAN, Texas -- While 2019 is an off-year when it comes to major elections, Grayson County is using Tuesday's constitutional amendments vote as a trial run for next year's pivotal presidential election.

"The turnout has been average for a constitutional amendment election," said elections administrator Deana Patterson. "We've had less than 5,000 voters at this point, which is what we expected."

This type of election usually doesn't see the best turnout, but for the Grayson County Elections Administration, it was a crucial one.

"When we are going to deploy changes to our election process, we don't want to take a presidential election to be the time that we roll out new equipment, so amendment election is the perfect time," Patterson said. 

The county has introduced a new voting system for this election, hoping everything goes smoothly.

"Voters have been really happy with it, and the workers have been very happy with it," Patterson said. "We have gotten lots of positive feedback."

During the test run for the big election next year,  voters can get comfortable with the new system along with the workers who manage it.  It features a paper trail to verify ballots, offering reassurance for voters.

"There is a ballot card that prints out where voters can actually verify that the choices they made on the electronic equipment are what printed on their card," Patterson explained. 

It should also be easier to verify the results of an election.

"We hope that it's going to make it much easier on election night," Patterson said.

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