(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Election Officials ponder how to pay for updated voting machines. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.
“The question is how are we going to pay for something like this.” Said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri.
That pretty much sums up the concerns of county leaders across the region…Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri agrees with Governor Wolf that new electronic voting machines which provide a paper trail are a great idea…however,
“We can’t continue to go back to the county taxpayers time and time again saying it’s time to upgrade machines and it’s time to do something else. This is a mandate from the state and we are hoping the state will back that with financial support.” Said Pedri.
So far that’s not happening. The Governor’s not put any money in his proposed budget for the upgrades. That’s leaving the counties seeking a work around. There is a plan underway to combine the resources of all 67 Pennsylvania Counties
George Halcovage- Schuylkill County Commissioner noted: “Each county has the responsibility to take care of their own but if we could look to find a system that may work for everyone and we can save money so be it.”
The director of the Luzerne County Election Bureau Marisa Crispell says the current voting machines are secure but “The paper trail is actually a paper ballot that is deposited into a ballot box. That ballot box is a locked system and it would come back to election central.”