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Potter County’s New Voting Machines Have Arrived

August 15th, 2019 Comments off

Potter County’s new voting machines arrived this week. One of the units is available at the Elections Office in the Gunzburger Building for anyone who wants to become familiar with them in advance of the Nov. 5 Municipal Election. Federal and state funding will cover only a portion of the price tag, which is upwards of $400,000.

After soliciting proposals from state-certified vendors, the Potter County Commissioners purchased the machines and related software and services from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). All Pennsylvania counties must have in place certified voting machines that electronically record each vote and generate a paper ballot as an added level of security. The new machines are expected to last for about ten years, if regulations and changing technology do not require them to be updated sooner. Here, Elections Office staffer Donna Sallade (right) assists Teresa Kisiel in using one of the new machines while Nancy Grupp looks on.