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Monroe County Approves New Voting Equipment

More than 60 machines are to be bought or rented at a total cost of more than $440,000.

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The new voting machines will be augmented with paper ballots to ensure a trail is left.

Monroe County commissioners have approved the purchase of new voting equipment. The equipment, from the Austin, Texas, company Hart InterCivic, will cost the county more than $443,000. It includes 62 machines that will be either purchased or leased.

While other bids were lower, Hart InterCivic’s price also included training on how to use the machines, which otherwise would have been an additional cost for the county.

The new system will also require paper ballots. Commissioner Patrick Stoffers says say this will create a paper trail to ensure fair elections.

“I think the new system will provide us a verifiable paper trail and people can be sure their vote counts in Monroe County,” he says.

Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins says she is thrilled with the decision and is confident next year’s elections will run smoothly.

“I have a lot of confidence in this company,” she says. “They have a good reputation around the nation.”

It took more than 48 hours to get results from last month’s municipal election, following tallying problems and miscommunication at a number of the polling sites.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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