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Westmoreland schedules fifth open house for voting machine demonstration

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Westmoreland County will hold a fifth open house later this month for residents to view voting equipment that could be used for the 2020 presidential election.

Elections officials said vendor Clear Ballot will demonstrate its equipment from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the courthouse in Greensburg.

A series of demonstrations from four companies were held earlier this summer to gauge the public’s opinion of voting systems that operate with a verified paper trail.

Commissioners said they have to replace the county’s decade-old touch-screen voting machines before 2020 to meet a mandate issued earlier this year by Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor is requiring counties use voting systems that produce paper copies of ballots to be stored and recounted.

The county currently uses more than 800 computers at its 305 voting precincts that electronically tally results.

Commissioners said it could cost up to $7 million to replace the voting machines.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or [email protected]

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