As residents cast their votes in the May election and any others that follow in the years to come, they will notice something different, something new, and yet, get back something they feel they lost.

On Tuesday, the Guadalupe County Commissioners voted to select vendor ES&S for the elections equipment and technology to upgrade the county’s elections office.

The new kiosks will help bring the elections office into the 21st century, while also giving residents a sense of added security.

During this past mid-term election cycle, there were reports around the state of votes being changed after the ballots were cast.

While there were no reports of that happening here, elections officials don’t want to take the chance of it happening in the future.

With the new equipment, Guadalupe County residents will receive a print out with their selections to double check and ensure, that was indeed the ballot they intended to cast.

“Paper ballots will calm the concerns of voters and help the precinct staff, especially in the event of a recount,” Pct. 4 Commissioner Judy Cope said.

This new equipment is just what the county’s voters need.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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