The May primary election is fast approaching. Congressional seats are the big prize in the 2018 midterms. Questions have been raised about the condition of some of the Commonwealth’s voting machines. Are they up to snuff? The general consensus is, the voting machines can do the job but many of them are nearing the end of their life cycle. The big question is: where do counties, most of which are financially strapped, get the money to replace them? “It’s a huge expense to the county, but when you’re talking about transparency, about elections, we got no choice,” said David Petri, Luzerne County Manager.
Pedri says they do not have the money to replace the county’s 850 electronic voting machines, a cost of around $3.7 million.
The director of the Bureau of Elections, Marisa Crispell, says while the machines are working, they are nearing the end of the line.
“We’ve been using this system since 2006. They haven’t even been updated since 2006. So we are looking forward to improving electronic voting and technology.”
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