W.Va. Counties Won't Get New Voting Machines

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Lines at the polls may be a little longer in three West Virginia counties this year, because the state has declined to certify 21 touch-screen voting machines ordered by local officials.

Secretary of State Betty Ireland said Monday that the state Elections Commission acted out of caution.

The machines' manufacturer, Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems and Software Inc., said the new machines have different parts than the ones currently used.

In a letter to the commission, the company said the changes were minor.
Ohio, Hancock and Summers counties ordered the additional machines. Statewide, 34 counties use the company's touch-screen voting machines.

The state has about 25 reserve machines but Ireland said most of them have already been assigned.

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