Touch Screen Voting Slowed Laramie County Results

By Associated Press – 21 Aug ’14

Laramie County election officials say slow-counting touch-screen voting machines are one reason they couldn’t report initial results of Tuesday’s primary election until after 10:30 p.m.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported Thursday only Fremont and Big Horn counties were later in reporting results. Wyoming has 23 counties.

Officials say touch-screen voting machines require about 30 minutes to tabulate the votes at the end of the night. They don’t keep running tallies, as optical scanners do when they read and tabulate paper ballots.

Laramie is the only county in the state that uses only touch-screen machines.

County Clerk Debbye Lathrop says the touch-screen machines will not likely be any faster at counting votes during the Nov. 4 general election.

Lathrop says Tuesday’s primary had no technical or mechanical problems.