Delaware will put out a request for bids on new voting machines by the end of month. Delaware’s current voting machines have been in use since 1996. The state has about 1,600 voting machines. Considered state of art when they were purchased more than twenty years ago, they’re now outdated. A 2015 report by the Brennan Center for Justice notes that the machine models Delaware uses are no longer being made and have outlived their expected lifespan. … [State Elections Commissioner Elaine ] Manlove adds Delaware will probably have to wait until 2020 for the new voting machines because the purchasing process will take some time.
“Then, they’re not sitting on a shelf somewhere, they’re going to have to be manufactured. It would be just too much of a rush to think we could do this by 2018. I’d rather do this well than fast.”
Manlove says she doesn’t expect any issues with the current machines in next year’s elections. That’s despite allegations in 2016 of national election rigging. A few weeks before last November’s election, former Delaware GOP Chairman Charlie Copeland said Delaware was “ripe with the potential for fraud.”