Hancock County Closer To Buying New Voting Machines

4/25/19 – 5:25 A.M.

Hancock County residents are a step closer to seeing new voting machines at polling locations in November. The Hancock County Board of Elections voted 3-1 in favor of buying new machines during a Wednesday meeting. The Hancock County Commissioners also have to approve the measure.

The machines from Dominion Voting Systems are similar to what the county already uses. Voters get a “SmartCard” to insert into a machine, which then displays candidates and issues. It also provides a paper copy of the final choices.

If the county announces an intent to buy the machines before July then the state will provide more than $836,000 for the effort. The county will have to pay around $200,000, which they can pay over six, eight, or 10 years.

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