Kanawha County tests new voting equipment ahead of primary

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 6:39 PM EDT
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There's plenty of work to do before the West Virginia Primary Election next month.

On Tuesday, Kanawha County Commission, the County Clerk and employees of the Voter Registration Office tested out some of the new voting machines.

Remember, all Kanawha County voters will be using touch screens when they hit the polls this spring. Voters will be handed a blank sheet of paper to insert into the machine and once they are done the results will be printed out.

The county still has to test all the machines and put memory sticks in each one. Those memory sticks run $200 each.

"You have to test and once it's in action, every election you got to do the same thing. You got to test everything. This equipment is updated. We feel it's one of the best secure systems we can get," said County Clerk Vera McCormick.

The next public voting test is scheduled for May 1.

Early voting runs April 25 to May 5. Primary elections are on May 8.

Kanawha County is also offering five additional locations for early voters. These are in addition to casting an early ballot at the Voter Registration Office in Charleston.

Starting April 25, early voters can go to the Elk Community Center, Sissonville Library, Cross Lanes Sheriff's Office Detachment, Belle Town Hall and Marmet Town Hall.