On Thursday morning, the Kent County Department of Elections completed its inspection of all 32 voting machines that will be used in the upcoming Kent County Levy Court special election. … In addition to routine inspection, the department recently has been pursuing modernization of voting equipment. Last year, state election commissioner Elaine Manlove requested a task force to review existing equipment (House Bill 342). On Tuesday the resulting task force met for the first time to discuss a strategy.
“Our machines are fine but the software used to create ballots is no longer supported by Microsoft,” said Ms. Manlove. “At some point, they will have to be replaced due to that fact. I wanted to start the process before it became critical.”
One type of improvement being considered is making a transition to electronic poll books. E-poll books depart from the tradition of using paper poll books that contain a list of eligible voters in the given district to an electronic format such as a laptop or tablet.