Jefferson County voters received new voting machines Monday to replace an outdated and worn-out system that caused consternation for vote-counters and poll-watchers alike, especially in the past election cycle. The new machines, which cost $1,782,900, were delivered to the county’s counting station on Viterbo Road in Nederland two weeks after Commissioners Court approved the purchase from Hart Intercivic of Austin.
The county took delivery of two truckloads of 32 pallets bearing 424 of the eSlate voting machines and 64 control boxes that record each ballot.
The new system is expected to have fewer problems than the old one, which was purchased in 2006. Its limits were stretched in 2014 with five separate elections from March through November.