A purchase of high-tech digital voting equipment will be delayed until after the November election, an official said Wednesday. “We were concerned we would not have the equipment in time to train for a major election,” said Mike Bennett, Manatee County supervisor of elections. Over the past few weeks, discussions have been continuing with an Omaha, Neb., company that manufactures digital high-speed scanners and specialized equipment designed to accommodate the handicapped, but those negotiations have ended for now, he said. “We can do with what we’ve got,” explained Bennett.
The delay in purchasing new equipment would help to “make sure Manatee will have an election I’m comfortable with,” Bennett added.
Manatee County residents will be able to cast their ballots early at more sites than the single one provided during the last major election, Bennett said.
The county plans either four or five early voting sites for those who prefer to vote in advance of Election Day, Bennett said.