New Election Equipment for Wichita County

Wichita County Commissioners approved to receive 210 new election equipment machines.

It's out with the old and in with the new.  Instead of touch screen election equipment machines, Wichita County will have machines that include a dial.

With the current machines, votes were always counted correctly it's just that sometimes the machines would come off calibration.

“When someone goes up to the machine and wants to vote for candidate “A” and all of the sudden candidate “B”  jumps up because it is out of calibration," said Former Chair for the Wichita County Democratic Party.

“The equipment that counts at the computers runs on Windows XP and it is an old system that they're not upgrading," said County Clerk for Wichita County, Lori Bohannon.

With new election equipment from the company, Hart Intercivic expected to be in Wichita County by early voting, it will be easier for election workers and voters will feel like they have more privacy.

“The election worker  will not have to actually walk up to the equipment and put the PEB number in to start the machine, they will get a number and then go up and go to any machine and they can dial up their ballot," said Bohannon.

The new election machines will cost about $1 million which will come out of Wichita County funds.

The last day to register to vote is October 6th.  Early voting will begin October 20th.

, Newschannel 6