Paper Ballots Replace Machines In Sangamon County

It's back to the future for voters in Sangamon County.

Paper ballots have replaced the electronic voting system in use since 2006, which has been disallowed because it violated national testing requirements.

"It was kind of like stepping back in time," said Mark Reynolds, 47, an aerospace consultant from Chatham who voted early this week. "I really got spoiled by the touch electronic thing."

Still, he said, "It was totally easy to understand."

Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello thinks most voters agree. "The voters know what to do," he said, based on the hordes who have already cast ballots. "It's a simple process. We don't anticipate any problems on Election Day."

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