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Monroe County Approves New Voting Equipment

Slips like these, with bar codes on them, could be part of a new electronic voting system in Monroe County if a proposal before the election board wins unanimous approval.

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.

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