Rockville will be a guinea pig for Maryland’s new voting machines, but city officials say they’re comfortable the new machines won’t cause problems in the city’s November election. There may be other municipalities that use the new machines in their elections this year, but Rockville will be at least one of the first jurisdictions in the state to use them, said Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections. The state Board of Public Works in December awarded a $28.14 million contract to Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., for more than 3,100 machines to scan ballots and count votes.
The state also bought other machines to process mailed and provisional ballots and handle early voting and disabled voters, according to a news release from the company.
The new technology replaces the old touch-screen system to which voters have grown accustomed.
The city, with about 42,000 registered voters, will be using the new technology in its Nov. 3 election, and will see how it goes and what the public response is, said Lois Neuman, chairwoman of the city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections.