Rhode Island is acquiring 590 new electronic voting machines that will be used for the fall elections. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea on Thursday unveiled the new equipment, which replaces machines from the 1990s. The Democrat says the vote-scanners will be secure and report results quickly because they use wireless technology. The paper ballot will be different from what Rhode Island voters have used for many years. Voters will now fill in ovals instead of connecting arrows.
Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software made the machines, known as the DS200. The state is paying $9.28 million for the equipment and maintenance through an 8-year lease, with option to purchase.
Municipalities will also get new printers allowing poll workers to print ballots if they run out on the day of the election.