Some older poll workers nervous about new technology

CLEVELAND - Some older poll workers in Cleveland area are nervous about using new electronic voting machines in the upcoming primary.

Elections officials in Cuyahoga County say that a few of the workers have even quit in the run-up to the May 2 election.

Olga Balla, 81, of Mayfield Heights, has been a poll worker for 35 years. She says this is the first year that she's worried about the work, but she doesn't want to quit.

Board of Elections spokeswoman Jane Platten says that workers have been getting plenty of training to make sure the primary runs smoothly. Each of the 6,000 workers attended a three-hour training session and were given a manual to study and a DVD refresher to watch.

The new machines allow voters to make their choices on a touch-screen display.

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