Residents of Fairfax County will be able to use a new voting machines in this upcoming November election, the first such comprehensive equipment replacement in more than a decade. The Fairfax County Office of Elections purchased 1,125 voting machines from Election Systems and Software, which includes 525 paper ballot scanning machines and 600 paper ballot generating machines, with the initial price at approximately $6.4 million. The new equipment will provide and scan paper ballots for voters, and will also let voters know if their ballot is blank or they voted for more candidates than allowed in any race.
“Having a brand-new, fully integrated voting system for the county will make the voting process more efficient, secure and easy for Fairfax County voters,” said Electoral Board Secretary Brian Schoeneman in a statement.
In the 2012 presidential election, some Virginian voters had to wait for hours to cast their ballot, sparking complaints about old equipment among other concerns about how elections are run in the state.