York Residents Can ‘Test Drive’ New Voting Machines Before Election Day

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Election 2015Residents will have an opportunity to try out York County’s new voting machines during three open house events this month.

The open houses will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 at the Yorktown Library and from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Griffin-Yeates Center.

Walt Latham, the registrar for York County, said residents should consider test driving the machines so they can be familiar with how they work before election day Nov. 3.

“I don’t think it will be very difficult for citizens, but it’s just an opportunity to be as open and transparent as possible with this new voting system,” Latham said.

The new machines accept paper ballots like the county’s older machines and leave a printed record for every vote cast.

The county purchased 46 new machines, including 28 precinct scanners and 18 express vote machines for residents with physical impairments, for a little over $230,000, Latham said.

He said the county has been setting aside money annually since 2003 to purchase the machines, which replace scanners bought in 1997 and touch screen machines purchased between 2005 and 2006.

Latham said the lifespan of voting machines ranges between 10 to 15 years.

The Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown. The Griffin-Yeates Center is located at 1490 Government Road in Williamsburg.

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