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Monroe County Approves Purchase Of Voting Equipment

Monroe County has purchased voting equipment from Texas-based Hart InterCivic.

The Monroe County Commissioners have approved the purchase of more than $150,000 worth of new voting equipment.

Commissioner Mark Stoops says the new voting system will fix some of the problems from the last election cycle by allowing voters to correct any ballots considered invalid at the time they are cast.

“To me that was the biggest concern,” he says. “The system that we purchased equipment for with the high speed scanners didn’t allow a voter to correct their ballot. A voter would put the ballot in and they wouldn’t know whether it was flawed or not. And so then they wouldn’t know whether their vote counted or not, and I think that’s the purpose of the whole system.”

The Board is receiving a total of 56 ballot scanners, including 28 purchased and 27 leased scanners.  County officials say they expect to get about 10 to 15 years of use out of them. The initial cost estimate for the equipment was more than $252,000, but after several county discounts, the county will pay just over $150,000.

Indiana Public Media’s Joel Bustamante contributed to this report.

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