RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A selection committee is looking at vendors and voting systems to choose who will supply that new service to be used by Richmond County voters. Several vendors have already submitted a request for purchase. Voters in the county currently use an electronic touch screen that doesn’t back up its data. The new system works similarly, but voters would get a printed paper ballot, too. That ballot will be scanned and tallied, creating a written record.
Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey says, “There was a loud outcry for a piece of paper to be affiliated with the vote, so that was one thing. The other thing is the system that we have now, we purchased and used for the first time in 2002.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a a bill authorizing the statewide purchase of new touchscreen voting machines back in April, an estimated $150 million purchase. This came after the 2018 governor’s race made national headlines due to allegations challenging the way the state handled elections.