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Last Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007, 06:39 GMT 07:39 UK
Machine counts votes in two areas
Each paper will have its own unique barcode on the back
Dozens of people who usually count votes by hand will make way for a machine at local ballots in two Warwickshire districts next month.

Ballot papers with crosses on in Warwick and Stratford will be put into a scanner which can look at 6,000 of them every hour.

The chief executive of Warwick District Council, Chris Elliott, said the technology will save some money.

It is also hoped the chances of election fraud will be reduced.

Mr Elliott said: "Clearly there will be some savings to us in terms of election expenses that we would otherwise have to pay people to come out to the count to literally count the votes by hand."

The Canadian designers are calling the scanning machine an "e-counting solution".

Each ballot paper being used on 3 May will have its own unique barcode on the back.


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