Bexar Commissioners Look to Buying New Voting Machines

Bexar County Commissioners say its time for the county to acquire new voting machines, to replace the current machines, which date back to 2002, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The cost of the machines will vary between $9 million and $12 million, depending on how many machines the county ultimately decides to purchase.

Bryan Hoffman, of ES&S, which is the country vendor for voting machines, says the new machines will include the latest security features to guarantee the security and integrity of the votes, including allow voters to check their selections on paper before the vote is tabulated.

"And nothing on these machines is connected to the Internet," he said.

One option is to set up 'voting centers' around the county where people could cast their votes. That would require the purchase of more machines, but would also make it more convenient for people to vote, leading to increased turnout.

Commissioners expressed their desire to have the new machines purchased and in place in time for the issues and transportation project vote this November.

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