Test drive city’s new voting machines at open house

The public is invited to try out the city’s new voting machines later this week and cast a demonstration ballot.

City of Virginia Beach Official Seal
City of Virginia Beach Official Seal

An open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., to demonstrate the city’s digital scanner machines. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Beach voter registrar.

The machines use a paper ballot that is digitally scanned into the ballot box, according to a release from the city. Voters with special needs can vote without help by using a ballot-marking station via touch screen or audio selection.

All polling sites in the city now have the digital scanner machines.

State law requires photo identification when voting in person. Those who don’t have an acceptable form of ID can apply for a free one at the open house. Residents also can apply for a voter photo ID card at the Voter Registrar’s Office at 2449 Princess Anne Rd.

The registrar’s office is also accepting applications for new election officials. For more information, call the office at (757) 385-8683.

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