Westmoreland sees third demonstration of voting machines |

Westmoreland sees third demonstration of voting machines

Rich Cholodofsky

Westmoreland County officials and the public on Monday viewed voting equipment that could be purchased to meet new state guidelines.

The equipment, called Freedom Vote, is being sold by RBM Consulting from Indianapolis. It features a touch-screen system designed by Unisyn Voting Solutions that allows voters to scroll through a ballot before casting votes.

The proposed system will enable voters to print a copy of their completed ballot and deposit their votes into a separate machine that digitally scans and counts the votes, according to consultant Todd Mullin.

Mullin said the system is currently being used in Ohio, Iowa and Missouri.

Westmoreland County commissioners said they will purchase new voting machines and may have them in place for the 2019 general elections. Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year issued a mandate requiring all Pennsylvania counties to use voting systems that provide a verifiable paper trail of votes cast.

Westmoreland’s current voting system uses touch-screen computer voting but does not allow for the printing of paper ballots. Public demonstrations of equipment being sold by two other firms were conducted in June. Elections Bureau director Beth Lechman said a fourth company is scheduled to present its equipment at the courthouse from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 23 at the courthouse.

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