State election officials pushing for new voting machines, paper records

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – State election officials are asking for $60 million in the state’s budget to replace voting machines.

Two bills in the Statehouse would require paper records of each vote cast, much like a receipt.

The State Election Commission says there are two options for that.

One is a computer that prints the ballot and then scans it, another would be for hand-marked ballots.

“In elections that are likely to be close, and we saw plenty of those in 2018, that’s where we need to be able to say that the process worked,” said Matthew Saltzman, an associate professor of Mathematical Statistical Sciences at Clemson University.

Estimates show the hand-marked ballot system would be much cheaper.

The Election Commission is hoping to replace the systems and get paper records before the 2020 election.

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