Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa- Tuesday, the Centre County Commissioners approved the purchase of new election equipment.
This decision was made after county’s across Pennsylvania were given notice that their voting machines must be updated.
According to county election officials, very little will change for voters and poll workers with the new voting equipment.
Voters will still be able to cast a paper ballot, if desired, and the new system will be able to recognize write-in candidates. These votes will no longer need to to be tallied by hand.
County officials say this will also allow votes to be tallied faster than they were in the past.
The total cost for the new equipment, which includes maintenance and training for election officials is over $1.1 million, for five years of use.
The County Commissioners are unsure what percentage the state will give to the county for the equipment update. At Tuesday’s meeting they said they’ve heard state government may cover between 50 and 60 percent of the costs.
This equipment will first be used this May in the primary election.