County receives new voting machinesBy Emily Etheredge Published 5:05pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Chilton County received 21 new voting machines on Wednesday, as new laws require technological upgrades in counties throughout Alabama for the upcoming election.
“Under a federal law, technology that is older than 15 years old is considered outdated,” Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin said. “Our machines here in Chilton County were 20 years old so we are changing out the old machines for newer ones.”
Martin said he has not been trained on how to use the machines yet but plans to receive training, which will allow him to hold several classes for poll workers to learn how to use the machines.
With the Primary Election on June 3 and General Election Nov. 4, Martin said the 21 machines will be delivered to 18 different precincts throughout the county.
“The machines will be similar to what people are used to, but these machines are a lot more bulky than what we had,” Martin said. “They sort of resemble a large garbage dumpster.”
Martin said the county is leasing the machines from Election Systems and Software and the model of the machines are the DS 200 Digital Precinct Scan.
“We are trying to get everything ready,” Martin said. “We want voters to have an easy time at the polls, and we are working to make sure we have everything we need before that time.”
The machines will be stored at the Clanton Recreation Center before being distributed to various precincts throughout the county.