No matter who you're voting for in November, Delaware County wants to help you do it efficiently.

No matter who you're voting for in November, Delaware County wants to help you do it efficiently.

The county will add more than two dozen voting machines before November's general election.

County commissioners last week voted 3-0 to approve the purchase of 25 refurbished voting machines from Election Systems and Software for $52,875.

Karla Herron, director of the Delaware County Board of Elections, said the board tries to maintain a ratio of one machine for every 175 registered voters in the county. She said elections boards under state law can exclude absentee and unconfirmed voters from the ratio, but said board officials have been hesitant to do that in the past.

"It's served us well to stay at the highest standards. ... That allows us emergency backup machines (and) also training machines," she said.

Herron said new voting machines would have cost the county about double what it paid for the refurbished machines.

The elections board unanimously supported the addition of the new machines.

Delaware County has about 130,000 registered voters, and Herron said 2,500 to 3,000 more people could register before the presidential election.

Last year, the county began using tablet computers instead of traditional log books to check in voters at polling places.

Herron said the tablet initiative has succeeded in speeding up check-in times, and officials want to make sure that does not lead to a logjam at voting machines.

"That has very much expedited the process of check-in," she said. "What we don't want to happen is (for voters to) form a line at the voting machines because it's so quick."

Herron said feedback about the new electronic check-in system has been "all positive."

Commissioner Gary Merrell said he "reluctantly supported" the purchase, which he referred to as an "insurance policy."

"I really don't like buying 25 machines that are going to be replaced in a couple years, but also understand the need to have a successful election in November," he said.

Herron said the county saw its highest-ever turnout for a primary election in March with about 72,000 residents participating. The previous high was about 57,000 voters in 2008's primary.

Herron said the elections board will hire about 1,000 workers ahead of November's presidential election to prepare for the possibility of record turnout.

Josh Pedaline, deputy director of the Delaware County Board of Elections, said a high percentage of the county's registered voters have participated in elections historically. He said there is no reason to think that trend won't continue in November.

"I think we're looking at a high turnout -- certainly we're going to be one of the highest in the state," he said.