Crawford County Now Checking and Testing New Voting Machines
Crawford county now has new voting machines with a paper trail.
They will be used in the May primary.
More than 200 tablets and printers and 75 tabulators are now being checked and tested at a county storage facility.
Basically voters will make their selections on a large tablet. A ballot will be printed, then the voters will put it in a tabulator to actually cast the ballot.
The paper ballot will be saved in case there are problems.
Officials don't think voters will have a hard time adjusting to the new system.
Crawford County Treasurer and Election Board Member Christine Krzysiak said, "I don't think it will be hard at all. It is very similar to a tablet. You mark what you want. It takes it from there, tells you to go to the next page. It is pretty easy."
The county is spending $1.6 million over the next 8 years to lease the system.
State government is expected to reimburse the county for most of the cost but there is no guarantee.
Harrisburg is mandating counties use machines with a paper trail by next year.