Voting machines with individual paper records to be tested in New Jersey

David Madden
November 01, 2018 - 4:05 pm
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David Madden | KYW Newsradio


PAULSBORO, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- As votes are cast in next week’s midterms, residents of one Gloucester County town will get to try out new electronic machines that provide a paper trail in the name of ballot accuracy and security. It could well pave the way for a similar process, maybe throughout New Jersey.
Ten ExpressVote XL machines will be on hand at the fire house in National Park. Think big screen TV behind a curtain with a secure printer attached. You touch the names of the people you want to vote for, check the paper to assure it’s correct, press a final button and you’re done.
“The ballots are actually tallied from the paper, not from the electronic voting machine,” Gloucester County Director of Election Operations Mark Harris told KYW Newsradio. “So when this ballot is marked with your selections, they’re then read through an optical scanning device and that’s how the ballots are read.”

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Assuming it all works out, Gloucester County freeholders could opt to spend a few million dollars to replace 500 machines that have been use for the last 20 years.
County Elections Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore said, “To me your vote is priceless. That’s one of the most important things you can do, I think. So yes, it’s a few million dollars but I think it would be money well worth the security of the election.”
Union and Essex Counties are also taking part in the machine trials, which are funded by a federal grant.