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W.Va. Election Commission considering new system

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 07:12 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The State Election Commission is set to consider certification of a new voting system for use in state elections.

The Charleston Gazette reports commissioners are expected to approve the EVS 5.0.0.0 system manufactured by Elections Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., Friday.

Jake Glance of the Secretary of State’s Office says the system incorporates a high-speed digital scan central ballot counter, which can record and tabulate ballots faster than optical-scan ballot counters currently in use.

Under state law and the federal Help America Vote Act, voting systems must be tested to verify security and accuracy at both the federal and state level.  A federal commission already has certified the system. Glance says if the state also certifies it, counties will have the option to purchase the new system.

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