SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Susquehanna County has become the first county to meet a new state standard for its voting system. Because of concerns over hacking, state officials have ordered counties to make sure any voting machine provides a paper trail. Eyewitness News reporter Eric Deabill has our story.
The Emergency Operations Center in Montrose was filled with new voting machines Thursday — fifty in all — as Susquehanna County became the first county in the commonwealth to update its voting system under new state standards.
“It’s definitely kind of rewarding to know that we can lead the way” said SarahRae Sission, Susquehanna County Director of Elections
In April, the state ordered counties to replace any electronic voting systems with machines that leave a paper trail.
Because Susquehanna County uses paper ballots and will continue to use paper ballots, it only had to replace its machines for people with visual or hearing disabilities.
The new machines do not allow for the possibility of hacking.
“Nothing is stored on them and you get to review your ballot from the ADA equipment before you put it in the box” added Macy Rudock, Assistant Director of Elections
Susquehanna County had been talking about replacing its voting system for roughly two years but got serious after the state-wide directive.
As part of the change, the county also got two new high-speed scanners to count their ballots which could mean quicker results on election night.
“A lot of the new software, it streamlines everything. We are ready to take on and get things rolling faster at the end of the night” noted Rudock,
Susquehanna County has more than 25,000 voters and a total of 41 polling precincts.
All election workers will get training on the new machines that arrived today in the coming weeks.