Bucks County residents get chance to test drive possible voting machines Monday night

Jim Melwert
August 19, 2019 - 6:02 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bucks County is holding a public demonstration of new voting machine options Monday night. Voters will be able to try out the different machines, talk to the vendors and give feedback to county officials who will make the decision. 

This evening’s demonstration is Bucks County’s third and final voting machine demo. County chief clerk Deanna Giorno says it’s not only a good chance for voters to test drive the machines and ask vendors questions, but it’s also a chance for county officials to ask voters what they think.

“What they’re looking for, what they like, what they don’t like, to help guide the decision on what machine Bucks County’s going to go with," Giorno said. 

Based on a settlement with a 2016 Green Party candidate, every county in Pennsylvania needs machines that have a paper trail in place by the 2020 primary.

There are five vendors that are certified by the state, and each of them will be at the demonstration.

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It’s from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Campus.

Giorno says they got great feedback in the first two demonstrations, and she hopes that continues. 

And, she adds, once a final decision is made, they’ll have as many demonstrations of the new machines as possible to try to familiarize as many people as possible before the 2020 presidential primary.