County chairs spar over electronic voting machines

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An election judge in South Texas tests a Hart Intercivic eSlate voting machine during the November 2016 general election.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The chairs of Burnet County's two political parties expressed differing opinions over the need for new election equipment Thursday, Dec. 19, during a Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting.

Marti Pogue, chair of the Burnet County Democratic Party, presented a petition to the court asking commissioners to ditch the current Hart InterCivic eSlate machines Burnet County uses and to purchase new election machines for the November 2020 general election which also generate a backup paper ballot.

Such a move could cost between $500,000 to $1 million, depending on the type and number of machines purchased.

“Our voters deserve the best-available voting equipment,” said Marti Pogue, who addressed the court during the public comments section of the meeting. “We are asking that you purchase new equipment for the 2020 general election and make it priority to safeguard our democracy and our elections. . . ."

Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Dec. 25 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.

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