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Pitt Co. hosting demonstration of new voting machines

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By Ginger Livingston
Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pitt County will host a regional public demonstrations of the voting systems the State Board of Elections recently certified.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Pitt County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 403 Government Circle.

The demonstrations will allow voters and county boards of elections considering purchasing new equipment to see how the different voting systems operate.

Before any county approves the purchase of a voting system, members of the county board of elections must witness a demonstration of that system, plus at least one other system certified in North Carolina, according to a news release from the state elections board.

Although it is hosting the event, Pitt County won’t be buying new equipment, having purchased a tabulator system two years ago.

Pitt County’s system requires voters to mark a ballot which is fed into a machine that electronically scans and records the marked areas of the ballot. The ballot is stored in the machine.

The three systems certified by the state board on Aug. 23 are Clear Ballot: ClearVote 1.4, Elections Systems & Software: EVS 5.2.2.0 and Hart InterCivic: Verity Voting 2.2.

“These systems give county boards of elections additional options to serve voters in their communities when replacing aging voting machines,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the state board. “All three are paper ballot systems and allow all voters, including those with disabilities or limited language proficiency, to cast ballots independently. We encourage voters to attend a demonstration in their region to see firsthand how they work.”

Demonstrations already have been held in Haywood, Guilford and Brunswick counties.

The final demonstration will be on Monday in Mecklenburg County.

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