Carson City is getting new voting equipment in time for the 2018 midterm election. Instead of a plastic card, voters will get a bar-coded, paper ballot to insert into the new machines. They will then make choices via a touchscreen, much like the existing system, and when done the machines will print out the inserted paper ballot, which voters can verify and then put into a ballot box, or scanner, to cast their vote. “This is a change, but when I talk to people about the difference they say that it would be so nice to have a paper ballot to drop in the box,” said Susan Merriwether, Carson City clerk-recorder.
The Nevada Legislature this year set aside $8 million to provide half the cost of new voting equipment throughout the state.
Carson City’s share will likely be $231,388. Another $149,750 has been allocated in the recorder’s office capital improvement budget and $15,803 set aside to update poll books, those books election workers use to check in voters.
That leaves a gap of about $65,000, said Merriwether, which the recorder’s office will probably go to the Board of Supervisors to make up through the general fund or finance it through the vendor, Election Systems & Software.
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