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HART voting machines approved

Laura Brown

A voting system designed to make it easier for voters with disabilities to cast their ballots was approved by county supervisors Tuesday but the new equipment will come with a price to tax payers.

County supervisors approved a contract with Hart Intercivic for a blended paper and electronic system that was recommended by the Citizens Voting System Selection Advisory Committee.

The HART Voting System will cost the county $62,000 in annual software licensing fees and $55,000 over the next four years for annual maintenance and upgrades.

“This all seems like a very expensive process and of course we’ll be left with the cost after we institute this,” said Chairman John Spencer.

State and Federal funding will pay for the initial $1,503,752 purchase of the equipment.

The Help American Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 required jurisdictions to provide accessible voting to individuals with disabilities by January 1, 2006.

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