There will hopefully be little room for error this election season. Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello confirmed that the Mercer County Administration and Board of Commissioners have purchased new voting machines.
These voting machines will allow voters to vote via a touchscreen, print out their ballot, and then scan the ballot into the scanners. These Dominion ICX Touchscreen machines are the same voting machines the County presently uses for early voting, however now, they will also be used in every voting district in Mercer County on Election Day.
“It is really a great achievement that our County has made in providing voters with voting machines that produce a verifiable paper trail. Voting advocacy groups urge that a paper trail be a part of any new voting system to allow for an auditable backup to any electronic voting. Why? Because if the computer in the machine fails, you will still have the paper to count and recheck. In fact, the State of New Jersey only certifies voting machines designed with a paper backup for counties to purchase. Because we have had very positive feedback about the voting machines used in Early Voting, I’m excited for the voting public to try out these new machines in the November General Election,” says Sollami Covello.
Click here to see the official video regarding the new voting machines.
The county notes that it heard the requests of voters, and they hope to provide a positive experience for all for the upcoming General Election.