Yakima County gets new, high-speed ballot sorting machine

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- A new machine at the Yakima County Auditor's Office will sort ballots at lightning speed.

It sorts about 16,000 to 18,000 envelopes a minute. Each envelope goes through the machine twice. First, it scans your signature. Then, it opens the envelopes and sorts them by region.

Yakima County's Auditor expects the new machine to be a huge time-saver.

"It was hours and hours and hours in here standing on our feet, sorting these into many, many tubs going down to the end of the table," said Corky Holloway. "So, we're just delighted."

The machine cost $200,000. The Yakima County Elections Office used budget savings to pay for it.