On January 28, 2020, the Truro Select Board unanimously approved use of an electronic tabulator of vote counts beginning with the September 2020 primaries.
The aim is to modernize, streamline and increase accuracy of the vote counting process, which up to this time has been done manually by “tellers” who often have to spend 40+hours to complete the tally.
The new tabulator is electronic but does not connect to the internet, eliminating the potential for hacking. Estimated to cost about $5,200, the Finance Committee has already approved allocation from the reserve fund to meet this one-time expense.
Wellfleet recently made the shift to the system Truro has just adopted. This will leave Provincetown as the last town on the Cape to rely on hand counting and manual tabulation of paper ballot votes.