The state Board of Elections will ask the General Assembly to approve the purchase of new voting machines for precincts across the state. Robert Kando, the board’s executive director, estimated the purchase would cost $9 million to $10 million and would be spread over eight or nine years under a lease-to-own agreement.
Kando said he is also looking into the possibility of buying electronic poll books that would allow voters to enter any line at their voting locations, regardless of which letter their last name begins with.
The moves, announced Tuesday, come in response complaints about long waits at some locations in the Nov. 6 election. Kando said other causes included mutliple page ballots, a shortage of poll workers and confusion stemming from this year’s once-a-decade redistricting.