In the summer of 2018, Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots and her staff compiled a history of the voting process so visitors to the Will County Clerk’s Office can see a timeline of how voting has evolved over the past century in Will County.
In 2002, the Help American Vote Act was passed and the Will County Clerk’s Office was required to replace the existing punch card voting system. Clerk Voots chose the Optical Scan Voting System to keep the paper ballot trail and educate voters if they made a mistake, allowing them the ability to correct it. Then in 2006, the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal was introduced and, for the first time in history, voters with disabilities were able to mark their ballots independently while using the same Optical scan ballot.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots: “When I became the Will County Clerk in 2002, the Help America Vote Act required us to implement these two new voting systems. At that time, we decided to preserve history and save equipment to one day display it as an educational mural. Now that it is completed, a new generation can learn how voting technology and methods changed and advanced in Will County.”
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