The City of Fort Saskatchewan is trying out a device that electronically counts votes for this year's election.
 
Residents will vote the same as they have in the past, but instead of sliding it into a secure box for a human to count, they'll feed it into the machine.
 
"It is a very widely used system in the capital region and actually throughout the world," said Fort Saskatchewan's returning officer, Brenda Molter. "We're expecting that it will speed up the process considerably without having to manually count votes."
 
The machine is built by Dominion Voting Systems and works in basically the same way as the Scantron system used for student testing in schools.
 
It's expected that with the speedy results that it will eliminate much of the risk for human error and allow the city to provide near instantaneous updates during the election on October 16.
 
Digital voting options are also available for those with disabilities at advanced polls only.
 

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