Scramble to replace touchscreen voting machines

The way voters cast their ballots Nov. 7 might be a little different than the last time they went to the polls.

Virginia officially ousted touchscreen machines in favor of paper ballots out of concerns of hacking.

In September, the Department of Elections called for touchscreen voting machines to be decertified in Virginia. The State Board of Elections approved the request.

More than 20 localities, including Colonial Heights and Hopewell, were impacted.

Pamala Clark is the general registrar for Hopewell.

“The election is right around the corner,” she said.

Since the state’s decision, Clark has been working to secure new, approved equipment.

“I think people will like the new machines. Very easy to use, but it will be different,” said Clark.

The new gear is now in place. Clark didn’t have much time to find them.

Touchscreens were previously set to go away in 2020.

But the Board approved the request to ban them with just weeks to spare.

“They’re not going to be any harder. They’re just going to be different,” she said. “And sometimes when you’re used to something, that slows you down.”

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 16.


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