County will have to find ‘means’ to purchase new voting equipment

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There could be a change in the way you vote in future elections.

But, while it takes aim at voter fraud, it could also hit your wallet.  The state is requiring counties around the commonwealth to purchase updated voting equipment by 2019.  The new voting machines are supposed to adhere to the latest security standards.

The Erie County Clerk, Doug Smith, says updating the voting equipment brings up the concern of paying for the equipment.  “The fact that we’re going to be required to replace our equipment with the very small amount of funding means the county is going to have to look at some means to do that… whether it’s a bond issue or tax raise.”

The state would like new voting equipment in counties prior to the 2020 election.

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